This will be a six-part series on “P” words to live by: God’s protection, presence, peace, power, purposes, and promises. In the next several months I will post articles on each of these, beginning with God’s protection.
The times in which we live can be fearful and unsafe. With mass shootings, destructive rioting, lawlessness running rampant, and law enforcement officers resigning or being defunded, people need protection from a higher authority. People want to know it is safe to go about their daily business. God’s protection can be called upon as expressed in Psalm 121:7-8. “The Lord will keep you from evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and forevermore” as you go to and fro from day to day.
Not only will God protect you during the day, he will also watch over you at night. Psalm 4:8 says, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” This can be a source of comfort when you can be the most vulnerable.
Sometimes, God sends his angels of protection. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them”(Psalm 34:7). This thought continues in Psalm 91:11. God “will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Angels appearing in human form does occur. There have been cases where they have appeared at just the right moment to help someone in need and then suddenly and mysteriously vanished.
With God’s protective surveillance (GPS) there is no need to live in fear or insecurity. There is 24/7 watch with God because he “never sleeps or slumbers”(Psalm 121:4).
God’s timing is also a part of God’s divine protection. There are times when a person will leave earlier than usual or be delayed, and be spared a fatal accident. They were kept from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
With all the scary things happening at schools, shopping malls, and even in churches, claim God’s protection. Perhaps you know of a time when God, in an unexplainable way, protected you or someone you know. It might be a good idea to memorize the above verses and recall them throughout the day and before you go to sleep at night.