This month, we are taking a closer look at the love of God. And while we’ve already discussed how His love pursues us, today we will look at how His love protects us from harm. From the very beginning of all, the enemy was on the prowl. Our own free will caused us to make a decision in the Garden of Eden that would bring devastating consequences for mankind. But in His love, God had a plan. It was because of His love that God made a way from us to be saved from the enemy, and here are three ways that the love of God protects us still today.
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God is a loving Father who protects us from harm, but not necessarily from important lessons.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
It’s no doubt that King David encountered many life or death situations in his time here on earth. He faced giants, fought wars, and had to run from an obsessed king who literally hunted him with the intention to kill him. But David knew that God would protect him because He knew that God would keep His promises and plans for Him in tact. David would become king of Israel and would be part of the bloodline of Jesus. Nothing, not even an obsessed king, could take that away.
But that doesn’t mean David had it easy. He spent years of his life in hiding. He faced battles that seemed impossible to win. And sometimes, David made mistakes that he had to own up to… like his sin with Bathsheba. He would ultimately lose his son because of that mistake.
As parents we want to protect our kids from harm. But that doesn’t mean we step in every time they face a battle. Sometimes they NEED to face that battle in order to grow. And while they are in the midst of that trial, we hold their hand and support them. In the same way, God promises to always be with us during times of struggle and difficultly.
God protects us by mending our brokenness so that we can work from a place of rest.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
As a parent, I can’t protect my kids from every broken heart or disappointment. We live in a world where things happen and people make choices outside of our control. But I can love and support them. I can help them through difficult times and ease their hearts and minds.
Truthfully though, I can’t do what God does. I can’t heal my kids, give them peace, or allow them to feel joy in the midst of their sorrow. But God can! He takes delight in healing our hearts and making us whole.
God’s love protects us from the enemy.
We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. – 1 John 5:18-19
Jesus’ death and resurrection sealed the deal. His Kingdom had arrived and those in His Kingdom were no longer slaves to sin and fear. The evil one cannot touch a child of God. His weapons are useless against us.
Now this doesn’t mean he won’t try. Once the ruler of this world, he isn’t too keen on the idea of losing his “kingdom” on earth. But the Bible assures us that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Kingdom of God. It’s a done deal. And as citizens of God’s Kingdom, we are protected from anything the enemy wants to throw our way.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” – Psalm 91:1-2
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.