Crosswalk Contributor Clarence L. Haynes Jr. shares with us "God has promised to protect you from things meant to harm you. He will watch over your family. He will provide shelter and safety in times of trouble. He will keep you when you are attacked by the enemy. There are times in life where tragedy may happen in your family...I know from personal experience, as I am sure you do as well. This does not negate the promises of God. Rather, our trials are reminders of the fallen world we live in. When life doesn’t make sense, I pray you would trust God’s heart all the more. He has not forsaken you." -Excerpted from Understanding God's 'Hedge of Protection' over Your Life
The promises of God for our protection are not negated when difficulties arise or our circumstances change. There will be trials in this life and Scripture is clear about that, but the Bible is also clear that God's promises remain true no matter what changes come our way. Even though we will struggle in this life, God's protection over our souls and His promise of eternal life are unwavering. Nothing that happens to us can break God's promise to us. It can be challenging to accept this when we are in the midst of suffering, but we must trust the Lord through all things because He is sovereign and He is present. He is not going anywhere, and in our pain, we should cling to Him and trust Him all the more. The pain in this life reminds us that this life is not all there is and this world will never be perfect, but we have a perfect God who has not left us to our own devices. He remains near to us every day and He wants us to take our worries to Him and to place our faith in Him above all else and everyone else.
Kelly Balarie shares 10 beautiful Bible verses with us about God's protection over us; join us as we gather encouragement from Scripture:
My foot slipped. I couldn't catch myself, not with the bundle of love I had in my hands. I took the fall. Rather than grabbing the railing or even putting a hand down to break the fall, I let my hip hit the stairs - hard. I held on to her.
Child. Must. Be. Safe.
Boom! Boom! Boom! The impact left my hip sore for weeks.
Child. Must. Be. Safe.
She didn't even so much as touch the floor. She was saved. After the thrill of her ride, she got up, laughing, she was scuff-free.
God loves to save us from our worst falls. He lifts us right above them.
Child. Must. Be. Safe.
When you fall down the stairs of life, there is one who will run to your rescue. His name is Deliverer. Fear not, he goes with you.
1. Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you..."
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. Is. 41:10
2. Psalm 91:4 "...his faithfulness will be your shield..."
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Ps. 91:4
3. Psalm 63:7 "...in the shadow of Your wings I sing..."
For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. Ps. 63:7
4. Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength..."
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Ps. 46:1
5. Deuteronomy 31:6 "...he will never leave you..."
...the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31:6
6. Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you..."
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Ex. 14:14
7. Romans 8:31 "God is for us..."
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Ro. 8:31
8. Proverbs 18:10 "...the righteous run to it and are safe."
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Prov. 18:10
9. 2 Samuel 22:32 "...who is the Rock except our God?"
For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? 2 Sam. 22:32
10. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 "He will...guard you against the evil one."
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 2 Thes. 3:3
EDITOR'S NOTE: This previously-written article has become a resource for many as we face growing fear and anxiety due to the Coronavirus pandemic. God is ALWAYS our source of protection, strength and peace during unknown times. In addition, the following articles may offer more encouragement for all to remember as we face the trials of COVID-19 together:
Content taken from the article, 25 Verses about God's Protection, written by Kelly Balarie. To read the text version please click the link.
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Originally published Monday, 16 March 2020.