God does not always take our problems away, but His Word will teach us how to handle them. Righteous living is the easiest way to stay out of trouble.
God’s protection comes in many forms. To begin with, we gain protection just through living by the guidelines found in the Scriptures. The wisdom found in the Bible teaches us that our righteous living, our actions and our words will either promote harmony or bring conflict.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”
- Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)
“Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
- James 1:19-20 (ESV)
As humans, we can only control our own words and actions. This is the boundary where we now have to rely on our faith in God. My favorite Bible verse that addresses God’s supernatural protection is found in the book of Psalms.
“You are all around me, behind me and in front of me.
You hold me safe in your hand.”
- Psalms 139:5 (ESV)
God is timeless and all knowing. He knew about everything that will happen in our lives and all events that have and will occur across the universe, before its creation. Once we realize this fact, we now understand that God is “all around me”.
God is our personal bodyguard. We even have angels that protect us. God will also do damage control when we make mistakes. And amazingly, God will leave blessings after we leave. Ultimately, God is “behind me”.
God provides protection from temptation. He opens doors for us throughout our lives. This might be anything from a career opportunity to the opportunity to witness. God is “in front of me”.
God is our heavenly manager. He offers favor and gives us direction in comparison to those who don't ask for His guidance. He provides 20/20 vision when interpreting life. Perception is reality and having an accurate perspective on life when making important decisions is a decisive advantage. God influences our train of thought. Because of this, we are cheerful and more satisfied with life. God will “hold me safe in your hand”.
“no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
- Isaiah 54:17 (ESV)
God’s protection includes giving those who have faith an added strength and wisdom when we endure tough times. God does not always take our problems away, but he will teach us how to handle them and remain in good spirits when we are confronted with hardship.
“fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
God’s protection is also given to mankind through heavenly strength. This can come in many forms. One of God’s greatest gifts is wisdom. Acquiring God’s wisdom through prayer, reading the Bible and learning from the Holy Spirit, will make life very rewarding. If we focus on Jesus, we will learn from the primary provider of God’s wisdom.
Wisdom equates to protection… And protection brings peace!
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart;
I have overcome the world.”
- John 16:33 (ESV)
Lastly, God's love and protection is best exemplified in the book of Psalms. It teaches us that God is our provision and the source of all we need. He leads us in life and provides direction. God takes us on the right path. We have no reason to fear. We are blessed as we finally have freedom, no shame and no guilt. And thankfully, we have eternity!
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, or you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. - Psalms 23:1-6 (NIV)
As previously mentioned, God brings peace and harmony to our lives. With this clear state of mind, Christians should be able to put more focus on representing the Lord when we interact with society.
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