Bible Study, Christianity, Devotional

God’s Protection

2 Thessalonians 3:3 The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

It was June 5th, a night of enthusiastic celebration as the results of the California primary confirmed the senator victorious. He was on a roll, having chalked up an earlier victory in South Dakota. Small in stature, the senator was dwarfed by his burly personal bodyguard, a former professional football star.

After a short victory speech to his friends and supporters who exuberantly encouraged their man, the senator triumphantly announced, “Now on to Chicago, and let’s win there!” Walking quickly down a hallway, his massive bodyguard by his side, an unobtrusive man stepped out of the mass of supporters in the hallway and fired his .22 pistol six times, hitting the senator with three shots. In seconds it was over. The shooter was subdued. Five other unsuspecting people lie bleeding as well. In a matter of hours, Robert Kennedy, Jr. was pronounced dead on June 6th at 1:44 a.m. Just two months earlier, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain on the balcony of his motel, surrounded by well-intentioned bodyguards. Four and one half years earlier, Kennedy’s famous brother, the president, John F. Kennedy was also the victim of an assassin’s bullets while he was in a motorcade, carefully guarded by a professional team of secret service men.

The best intentioned and trained bodyguards and secret service officers cannot deter an evil person’s bullets. President Ronald Reagan is yet another classic example of bullets versus bodyguards with bullets finding their mark even though Reagan was surrounded by secret service officers.

These examples vividly portray the fragile nature of human life as compared to the promises of God that believers in Christ will never have their lives snatched away from them unless it is part of God’s plan. Even more important, God reveals to us in the Bible that life here on earth is temporary, “You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears.” James 4:14

John 17:11, 15 I will remain in the world no longer, but they (followers of Christ) are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

John 10:27-30 My sheep recognize my voice and I know who they are. They follow me and I give them eternal life. They will never die and no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. And no one can tear anything out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.

Jude 24, 25 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

God clearly promises protection and assurance to all who trust and believe in Him. There is only one thing that can stand in the way of His promises…our lack of faith. We have only to believe His promises and not faint. When all seems bleak, dark and hopeless, let us rise above what we see and believe in His words of hope, protection and eternal salvation.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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