What should we be basing our faith on: the experience of others, or what the Bible says?
Does divine protection really exist? Can we walk freely, without any fear of harm? Many Christians would scoff at the idea, and would point to the numerous Christians who have been either killed for their faith, or suffered accidental death throughout the Church Age. But what should we be basing our faith on: the experience of others, or what the Bible says? The answer is simple – we have to base our faith on the Word of God. The evidence may be saying that divine protection is wishful thinking, or something that only happens occasionally to whomever God decides to protect, but is that the truth? What does God Himself have to say? Psalm 91 is a very good place to start, when looking at divine protection. I encourage you to read it before continuing.
You cannot just do your own thing, ignore God and expect to benefit from His protection.
Psalm 91 begins, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty“. This is the first key to the protection described in the main part of the psalm. Namely that you cannot just do your own thing, ignore God, and expect to benefit from His protection. You have to do things His way, put His Word first place in your life. and ‘dwell’ (or stay continually) in the secret place of the Most High. The Tehillim (Jewish commentary on the Psalms) says, “The person who scorns conventional forms of protection and seeks only the refuge provided by the Most High will find his faith rewarded. He will be enveloped by God’s providence so that he can continue to seek holiness and wisdom without fear of those who would seek to do him harm“.
We can go about our lives without any fear of terrorism.
Verse 2 of Psalm 91 contains the second important key to walking in divine protection: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust“. It is not enough just to believe that God will protect you. You have to say it. Personally I say Psalm 91 over my family on a daily basis. The Tehillim says, “The devout man who sits in the refuge of the Most High declares publicly that God is his refuge from all physical dangers“. Let’s skip now to verse 5, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day“. We live in a world where we hear about acts of terrorism on an almost daily basis. But when we put our faith in the protection that God has provided for us, as detailed in this psalm, we can go about our lives without any fear of terrorism. Verse 7 even says that 11,000 people could be killed around us, but if we are trusting in God’s protection we will remain untouched.
We can be confident that these things will not come near our home or our families.
We often hear on the news about a disease that is causing much concern, whether it be Swine Flu, Ebola, or whatever the latest thing is; but according to Psalm 91, verses 9-10, if we have made the Lord our refuge we can be confident that these things will not come near our home, or our families. Verses 11-12, describe the angelic protection that is available to us. An example of this in action, can be found in the story of Daniel in the lions’ den (Daniel chapter 6), where it was an angel that shut the mouths of the lions. Another example can be found in Daniel chapter 3, where Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were protected after they were thrown into the fiery furnace. In verse 28 king Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him“. Daniel’s friends were not protected simply because they were Jewish, they were protected because they put their trust in God.
If misfortune should befall you….cry out to Me, and I will answer you immediately.
Psalm 91 comes towards a conclusion in verses 14-15 with God declaring, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him“. The Tehillim explains that if someone in distress seeks the help of human being, he will not storm into his potential protector’s home abruptly. Rather he will go to the protector’s gates and request an audience, that may or may not be granted. However, no such procedure need be followed by those who seek protection from God. He (God) declares, “If misfortune should befall you….cry out to Me, and I will answer you immediately“.
Let me conclude by giving you a few more verses that promise us divine protection:
- “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” Isaiah 54:17
- “The Lord can be trusted to make you strong and protect you from harm.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (Contemporary English Version)
- “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
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