We desperately seek God’s protection during calamities thinking that He has removed His mighty hand of protection from us. Sometimes we think that because of other’s fault, we too are suffering. Most of the time, we feel guilty about our own past mistakes when we are faced with problems or sicknesses. Some fear that their enemies are using black magic to destroy them. All these anxieties are wrong according to the Bible, even then it dominates our minds because of the lack of understanding of God’s mercy and His way of working. When our foundation is not Jesus, then we may also wonder as David wondered.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
If our foundation is Jesus, then we will have His protection in all the areas of our lives, and no anxiety will ever overpower our peace of mind. When we stop believing what we see and start trusting the unseen God, we will experience His presence and His protection every minute in our lives. When we depend on the things we see, we seldom realize His protection, and that too only during a close shave. God is constantly watching and protecting us and is all-powerful to make all the unfavorable conditions of our lives into favorable ones.
The book of Micah teaches us to stand firm by trusting God amidst the challenges of this world. Further, Micah 7:1-6, though explains the misery of the Israelites, it is still an ever-growing subject in this wicked world and a challenge to the faithful living in this world. Every day God teaches us new things through the people we come across and the difficulties we face in our day-to-day lives. If we keep blaming ourselves or others as the reason for the unfavorable situation, we may fail to gain wisdom through His teachings.
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Protection Amidst the Wicked
God does not punish the righteous along with the unrighteous. In the “parable of weeds,” it is told that the roots of the wheat plant and weeds were intertwined. And the sower waits for the harvest to separate the weeds. Further, Jesus explains this parable to make us understand that He is not ready to spare any one of us at the cost of destroying the wicked (Matthew 13: 31-35, 44-46). While we are living among the wicked, Jesus is always praying to His Father for our protection.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Protection During Difficult Situations
Our God can protect us from all kinds of situations. During calamities, He provided Elisha food by instructing the ravens. During the drought, Abraham and Issac still enjoyed a good harvest. God approved of Moses by striking Miriam and Aaron with leprosy. God protected the ministry of Moses and Aaron and buried the rebels beneath the earth. When the Israelites led by Moses got stuck at the shores of the red sea, God protected them from the Egyptians by dividing the read sea. When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the horses, chariots, and the army of Syria, God deployed horses and chariots of fire all around him. In the New Testament, God appeared to Saul, the persecutor, and protected His people from his hand.
There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’Numbers 23:23
Whatever blessings God bestows on us, He protects those blessings from losses, natural calamities, thieves, and intruders. In Job’s life, the devil was crediting Job’s faithfulness to God’s protection over his household.
Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.Job 1:10
Solomon was aware of this truth, and he said, God does not add sorrow to His blessings. He has drawn our image in the palm of His hands and watches over the wall that guards our belongings. With these kinds of protections, God keeps us safe in this world to have peace of mind to think about God, the creator, and to meditate on His life-giving words.
Protection From Eternal Death
We are happy to claim all the above protections to lead a peaceful life. Despite the enormous peace, we never intend to ask either for our salvation or for the protection of it. Guarding us against eternal death is beyond our thinking, and Paul is rightly praising God for blessing us in the area where we never even asked to be blessed. No one ever asked God to send His Son to redeem mankind.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.Ephesians 3:20-21
God has planned to protect our souls even before the creation of this world by sparing His only begotten son to die for our sins. To fulfill the law formulated by Him, the wages of sin is death, and to protect us from the punishment, God sent His son to this world to die on the cross as an atonement for our sins.
The devil roams around like a roaring lion to lure people into eternal death. He knocks down the believers through praising, enticing, intimidating, provoking, criticizing, and he discourages them from following Jesus. He smothers a believer by using any one of the above tactics and finally prepares his soul for eternal death.
To escape from all the tricks of the devil, we should have a clear understanding of what happened in the heavenly realm when Jesus died for us. Jesus entered the holy places carrying His blood to secure our eternal redemption. The blood of Jesus shed on the cross sanctifies our conscience from dead works so that we may serve the Living Lord forever and ever as our eternal redemption is secured.
Jesus entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living
The blood of the sacrificed animals may cause strains in our clothes. Amazingly the blood of Jesus Christ washes our clothes to sparkling white and blots away every sin from our lives. May we ask Him for this unimaginable protection, in the same manner, we ask for other worldly protection.
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