It’s hard to feel the protection of God when you’re in the middle of danger. In most cases, I think we look back and see God’s hand of protection after the scary crisis has passed. When it’s actually going on, we’re too caught up in our fear to acknowledge His presence.
The important thing to remember is that God is present with us, even in the worst of times.
Sometimes his protection comes by saving us from the danger, and other times he guides us through the terror. God protects us always from the ultimate devastation caused by evil—separation from him.
As a kid, I feared the dark. One night, unable to sleep, I got the bright idea to put a tiny light in my room. With no nightlight in sight, I found a lighter of my dad’s, lit it, and propped it up under my bed. Yes, I had a tiny flame burning under my bed.
My dad noticed the light when he got up for a midnight snack, and, after his heart started beating again, he explained to me how dangerous that was. My dad watched over me, and what could have been an awful thing never happened.
We won’t know all the times God has protected us from danger. He won’t always sit us down and explain what could have happened—what just missed us. But sometimes he will.
We will get to see what might have happened, and how we were spared. We’ll see how God’s hand protected even when we didn’t know we needed it.
We’re not always spared the danger, though. If you’ve lived long at all, you know this. Bad, scary things happen. The car wrecks. An accident happens. People do mean awful things. And sometimes we have no choice but to go through it.
God’s hand of protection accompanies those times as well, providing strength and hope. The promise is that he never leaves us alone. His deliverance is sure.
I often wonder about the people in the Bible who died martyr’s deaths. John the Baptist had his head chopped off. Stephen was killed by people throwing stones at him. Where’s was God’s hand of protection for them?
God’s protection to us goes beyond flesh and bone to the very essence of who we are—who he has created. Jesus made it clear that this world is not all there is. The body can be destroyed and yet live. That’s where God’s hand of protection leads us—to life. Life that cannot be taken away. Ever.
None of us want to go through scary, unsure times. We want to know we’ll be safe, protected, cared for, and we are. God does protect us. He provides hope for us in the midst of adversity. He guides us to an eternal destination that can’t be touched by pain, accidents, or the evils of men.
Read the following psalms and be reminded of how God’s hand of protection is with you today.
Psalms 91:1 – 91:2
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalms 41:1 – 41:2
“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.”
“ The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalms 91:14 – 91:16
“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. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Psalms 116:5 – 116:6
“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.”
Psalms 46:1 – 46:2
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;”
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
“Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.”
“The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
Psalms 40:1 – 40:3
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 34:19 – 34:20
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”
Psalms 7:1 – 7:2
“O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalms 55:16 – 55:17
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
Psalms 31:1 – 31:3
“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”