So do not fear, for I am with you. (Isaiah 41:10)
The principle of protection for the natural man is quite different from the principle of protection for the supernatural man, who has been born again to new life in Christ. For the natural man, protection amounts to anything that works to protect him or her from people, places, and things. But for the child of God, protection is a Person . . . and His name is Jesus Christ. Read on and be encouraged today!
There are countless pictures of protection as a Person throughout the pages of sacred Scripture. Perhaps there is none better than what we see in the beautiful biblical account of the first Passover.
The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:13)
Another way to understand the words “pass over” in that passage is to read them as “hover.” God was saying to His people Israel that when He saw the blood of the sacrificial lambs smeared on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses, He Himself would hover over those dwellings and cover them, providing divine protection.
We see this truth expressed through the prophet Isaiah: “Like birds hovering overhead, the Lord Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it.” (Isaiah 31:5).
In the opening words of that same chapter of Isaiah’s prophecy, God made it clear what we are not to trust in for our protection: “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 31:1). When we walk by sight and not by faith, it is easy to get caught up in looking for protection from the things of this world (that is, to “go down to Egypt”), things that are always smaller than God. That is why we are commanded to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), who has promised never to leave nor forsake us.
When we live in this way, we truly will have no fear. We can echo David and exult –
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7)
So . . . what have you been trusting in for your protection lately? Personally? Professionally? Relationally? Make no mistake, your protection will always and in every way be found in the presence of God. He will cover you from your enemy. He will hover over you and come between you and your enemy. And He will do this right up until the moment He calls you home into glory. This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!