The God of Protection
Message No. 0602 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
In one of our past writings, I told the story I heard of a man for whom a priest of one of those gods consulted by unbelievers did a charm for protection. The charm meant that if the man was involved in an accident, a mysterious spirit would catapult him out of that scene, unscathed, to a safe location. This man was fairly successful and had a driver that drove him to wherever he went. He would leave the house late to his appointments and because he knew that he could not be harmed in any accident, he would tell his driver to speed up and finish the speedometer so he could arrive in time at his destination. The driver would complain that the speed was outrageous, but he would demand that he increased the speed still. It was a case of ‘he who pays the piper dictates the tune.’ One day, they were on one of such trips and the speed was one of those crazy ones and sure enough, the vehicle was involved in an accident and the man was instantly crushed to death.
In Psalm 16 verse 4, the Bible says:
Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips.
Placing your confidence in a living man is ill-advised, weak, and shaky enough, let alone placing it on a dead god. In 1 Kings chapter 18, 450 prophets of Baal lost their lives because of such stupidity. They trusted Baal to answer them in a contest with Elijah and the Living God. By the time the contest was over, no one in Israel was left in doubt as to who the Living God was. The prophets of Baal even cut themselves with knives, thereby shedding their own bloods in order to appease their god to hear and answer them, but alas, how could a dead god even hear, let alone answer!
I have been on earth for a while, and I am yet to meet a man or woman who doesn’t want to be protected. In some countries, the fences around our homes are taller than prison fences, with additional sharp wires and irons placed at the top of the fences. Who can blame anyone, protection is a vital human need, and we all need to do our own parts and leave the rest in the hands of a superior being. The question is, in whose hands are you leaving yours?
In Psalm 127 verse 1, the Bible says:
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
We who serve the Living God must place our security right in the only Hands that can hold it. In Exodus 14:13-14, Israel was on her way to the Promised Land and sure enough, Pharaoh was displeased with himself for letting them go, so he organized his army and pursued them. Of course, the Israelites were scared to death, thinking that they had just left 400 years of slavery only to perish in the wilderness. They screamed at Moses and Moses rushed to God, but not before giving assurance to Israel by saying:
“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
The Lord did fight for Israel; they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army perished in the water.
The same way God fought for Israel is how He fights for His children daily. His protection on us knows no boundaries. He even said in Isaiah 43 verse 4 that He will give people in exchange for us, and nations in exchange for our lives. This is the only God that can protect you. Those other gods that we put in our pockets or in the corners of our homes are all created by human beings – can’t people see the irony of worshipping the things that we made with our own hands!
If you need protection (I know that everyone does), look no further. There is only one place to find it, and it is in the Living God. There are uncountable promises of protection in the Bible, and our God never fails to deliver on His promises. If you are yet to surrender your life to Him, please do so immediately so you can qualify for His protection. If you have spent plenty of money on those static, unresponsive manmade objects, I am sorry to hear that, but I am even more sorry that you will waste all of your earnings without seeing any results if you do not stop and come to the only place where you can find protection – at the Feet of Jesus. He is waiting to receive you and guess what, you pay nothing! How sweet can that be. God is waiting for you right now. Please surrender your life to Him and you’re just about to find out how much you’ve been missing.
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