Psalm 23:1-4 (HCSB) 1 The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. 2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. 4 Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me.
Scripture is filled with passages about God's protection. When we think about God as our protector, we want someone who will shield us from the hardships of life. We want Him to protect us and our families from sickness and disease. We want Him to protect our cars when we travel, we want Him to protect our wives or husbands at all times and the list goes on and on. It’s tempting to read the scriptures about God's protection and apply them to as true for all times and in all circumstances. If I read about God as a shield, I want him to be a shield in all situations.
Psalm 3:3 (NLT) 3 But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
Psalm 33:20 (NKJV) 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
We’ll really never know how many times God actually protected us. We have all heard stories of how people who were late going somewhere or had to change their plans and a tragic incident happened in the place they should have been if their plans had transpired.
But does God protect us in every situation? In a world with free will to make our own choices, we can’t get around the fact that things that are not so good will happen. Jesus, Himself, said as much.
John 16:33 (KJV) 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Can I Really Expect God to Protect Me?
Psalm 91:12 (KJV) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
In this Psalm David was saying ; "The man of faith is assured that God will send guardian angels to protect him from plagues and stumbling. Satan quoted these words in tempting Jesus
This is a wonderful scripture isn't it? But what if you have just had a tragic event happen in your life or the life of a loved one? You will want to know how that promise applies to you or to them. What are all the promises of protection really about?
Protection From Our Real Enemy
Psalm 59:9-10 (NKJV) 9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense; 10 My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
Who are our real enemies? We think about people who want to hurt us or people with different ideologies or different faiths as our enemies. God has not promised to protect me from everyone I might define as my enemy. He has promised protection from my ultimate enemy Satan, and from sin which, because of Christ, has no more power over me or my ultimate destiny. We can trust God, who has gone to the lengths of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, on the Cross, to protect us from any enemy that seeks to separate us from Him.
God's Priorities May Be Different From Ours
God cares more about our spiritual health than our physical well being. Our bodies will die, unless Jesus returns before they do, but our soul/spirit will exist forever. And God's ability to protect our soul/spirit from eternal death is more significant than his ability to protect our bodies from disease or death. When we pray for safe travel and physical health, and protection from things that cause us discomfort, we try to apply to our physical or emotional well being his promises of protection for our souls. When we or our loved ones are not healed or all our troubles ended we feel that God has gone back on His promises. We will always be disappointed until our priorities line up with His and we understand that the eternal life of our spirit (the real us) is God's priority even if it means that we remain in sickness and continue to have tribulations, or even our physical death. He promises to never leave or forsake us.
Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB) 5 Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.
Protection From Satan
In Jesus' great prayer in John 17 His primary concern for His disciples was that they be protected from the evil one, Satan.
John 17:15 (HCSB) 15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.
Satan who wants to destroy all those who call Jesus Lord. Since Jesus prayed for his disciples and for us we know that God has answered His prayer. Satan may win a battle or two in our lives but he has already lost the battle for our souls. Jesus prayed for us and we're protected.
Protection from Judgment
John 3:16-17 (HCSB) 16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV) 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
When we receive the salvation of the Lord and and hide ourselves in Jesus and His finished work on the cross we are protected from the judgement on that day that we all stand before the judgement seat of God.
Promises from the Word of God for Protection
Protection Because God is Strong
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
John 19:11 (NKJV) Jesus answered, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin."
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NKJV) But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
1 John 5:19 (NKJV) We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Revelation 12:9 (NKJV) So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
2 Samuel 22:3-4 (NKJV) 3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
4 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Protection Because God Will Never Leave Us
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV) 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
Luke 12:32 (NKJV) Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Protection From Evil
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV) No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.
Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Psalm 91:1-3 (NKJV) 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
Psalm 121:7-8 (NKJV) 7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.
2 Timothy 4:18 (NKJV) And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Ephesians 1:11 (NKJV) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Daniel 12:1 (NKJV) "At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.
John 5:18 (NKJV) Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
Psalm 138:7 (NKJV) Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
God's "protection plan" is more than we can imagine and His promises for protection go further and deeper than just protecting you body or agenda or plans. Yes God does promise you His protection and He is a promise keeper.
Are You Protected by God?
God's protection plan is for His children only. If you're not one of His children then you're not protected. If you want to be covered under His plan you must become one of His children. It's really easy all you have to do is first realize that you really have no control over anything. You have to acknowledge that you are a sinner and that in order to change that you need help. Well God has provided that help in Jesus and Jesus is the only way that you can become a child of God. Here's how you do that;
Romans 10:9 (NLT) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Pray this prayer in all sincerity. It doesn’t matter where you are. You may be at you desk on your computer, or somewhere on your laptop, you may be reading this on your smartphone, or your tablet. It doesn’t matter just pray in all sincerity. Don’t just say it if you don’t really mean it, because if you do you will just be speaking words. But if you are tired of trying to change things in your own power, and are ready to turn your life over to the One who can make you a new creature with a renewed heart and mind pray;
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
If you truly understand and believe what you just prayed then under this protection plan. All the other promises that He has made to His children also apply to you. To find out what they are and how they apply to you find a bible believing church and start to fellowship with other believers. Welcome to the family of God my brother or sister.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.