One of the ways that God shows His love for us are his many promises to keep us from harm, from loneliness, from evil, from our enemies. Let’s go through just a few of these now:
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 59:1 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear,”
Matthew 10:29-30 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Many of the prayers and psalms in the Bible remember God’s promises of protection and safety. Here are a few of them:
In the first book of Samuel, Hannah’s prayer shows the faithfulness of God to those who are faithful to Him. In 1 Sam 2:9 says: “He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.”
Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 91:1-2 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
With so many promises that God will keep us safe, protect us, and never leave us, it’s no surprise that His people have many stories of His protection at work in their lives. One sister relates that she felt an urge to carry her young child in her arms, and at that time she found he was close to swallowing a small ball. A brother in the faith told me a story that he had once been told that he wasn’t bothered as he was passing a shady area because he always had big men following him around – even when he usually walked there alone!
Here’s one of my own: as a child I was once helping to push a car that the adults were trying to get started. Okay, maybe not really helping, just pushing along and enjoying the feeling of seeming to help. Just when the car started, I stopped, and took a step back and to the right – right into the path of an incoming car on the opposite lane. Just moments before I would have been hit, someone strong grabbed my arm and pulled me out of the path of the other vehicle. To this day, I can’t recall the face of that man, but I believe he was God’s way to keep me safe from harm.
What are your personal stories of God’s protection and salvation? Feel free to share them here, so that others may be blessed by the way that God has blessed your life.