Self Protection or Divine Protection

Written Monday, March 17, 2008 – Posted Monday, March 24rd 2008

Self Protection or Divine Protection

Day in and day out we all have a choice to make, that choice is whether we will allow God to protect us or if we will take measure to protect ourselves.  Many people do not realize it is an either or proposition.  We cannot and will not have both.  Once we step out and begin to take measures to protect ourselves, we are stepping out from under the umbrella of protection that God supplies for us, which covers us in everyday life and circumstances.  It is however very difficult to remain steadfast and wait while God works His Will and instead seek His Purpose in all things.  If we understand firmly what the Bible promises us about Divine protection then perhaps it will be easier the next time we have that choice to make. 

The following will be several Scripture promises related to God’s protection of His children with a few notes supplied for further reflection. 

The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them. – Psalm 34:7

  • The type of fear that is required here to see the fulfillment of this promise is reverence.  Respect for God, who He is, His power, might, justice, purpose, and timing.  When we have this type of fear, we respect His way of dealing with things and His timing. 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2

  • Please notice here that God promises He will be with us and not allow the river waters to overflow or overtake us nor let the fire burn us.  He does not state however, that we will not pass through them.  He does not say when you go over, around, under or somehow avoid the waters or fire; He says when you pass through them. Often, we are going through.  We can go in trust and serenity or we can go kicking and screaming but we are going!  Yet, we have His word we will make it through without being overtaken or burned. 

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield. – Psalm 5:11,12

  • Happiness is based upon our circumstances but our joy is not that easily moved.  We are God’s children and because of such we can have joy because, our trust in Him gives us peace of mind.  We know He will protect and defend us in our time of need.  Only we must trust Him and rest in that care.  If we chose not to do that, our joy will suffer.

The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. – Proverbs 29:25

  • Our trust in God must overcome our fear of man.  Fear of man will cause us to fail almost every time.  If we allow people to provoke anxiety within us, we will fall into their traps and deceptions; this will cause us to become vulnerable to being mistreated and used.  We must possess a certain amount of confidence born out of trust in the Lord to keep us safe from all of man’s disingenuousness.  To be “safe” means not only safety as we might think but this word also mean excellent and strong.  Safety, excellence, and strength all belong to us when we trust our Lord. 

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

  • How many times have we had or known people who had trouble sleeping because of fear, anxiety, or worries.  We can trust that when we lay our head on the pillow at night that God Himself is responsible for our safety.  Shall we act foolish leaving our doors unlocked and windows open, of course not; yet, we also need not lie there awake in fear of what might happen.

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.
4    He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5    You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6    Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7    A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8    Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9    Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10    No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
Psalm 91:1-10

  • God is our shelter from the storms of life.  Shelter is what refuge means.  A buckler is something that surrounds a person providing protection.  Our very habitation and retreat is the Lord Himself!   
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