At all times and in all places, You, God, are our Protector. Psalms 91 says He will cover us with His wings. There was an email circulating which spoke of firefighters searching the forest for hot spots after a destructive fire had roared through it. One fireman noticed at the foot of a tree a pile of ashes in the form of a bird. When he lifted it up, it crumbled, but underneath were 3 baby birds still alive. The mother had sacrificed her life to save her babies under her wings. Our God protects us from the fire of destruction.
I was ruminating on His protection this morning, and I wondered can we pray for protection when we are afraid? I asked Holy Spirit for a Word. First He gave me II Chronicles 20. The story is about an overwhelming force that came to defeat God’s faithful King Jehoshaphat; so he called for his people to fast and pray. He reminded God of His promise of protection.
II Chronicles 20:5-26 8 They dwelt in it(Temple) and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your Name, saying,
9 If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You—for Your Name [and the symbol of Your presence] is in this house—and cry to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save. . .
12 O our God, will You not exercise judgment upon them? For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.
They knew they could not defeat the large forces of evil, but trusted God could and would. All Judah stood before the Lord. The Lord answered through the Holy Spirit;
* when we are in danger or afraid, we must open our inner ear to the Holy Spirit. Then we will hear what God says about our situation*:
14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
15 . . . The Lord says this to you: Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
* To Jehoshaphat and to us He says first : BE NOT AFRAID! Then He tells them His plan for protecting them: 16 Tomorrow go down to them. Behold, they will come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the ravine before the Wilderness of Jeruel.
17 You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.
* Then the King appointed singers to praise and worship God! They thanked Him for the victory before it was established!
18 And Jehoshaphat
bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping Him.
. . 20 Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established;
believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.
* And then the Lord began setting up His victory plan. Their belief and trust enabled God to set His plan in motion.
We serve a faithful God Who loves us with great affection, enfolding us in His love. He will never fail us. When we totally trust God, He will always bring about the very best outcome for our situation.
Then Holy Spirit showed me Matthew:
At once a bad storm came over the lake. The waves were covering the boat. Jesus was sleeping. His followers went to Him and called, “Help us, Lord, or we will die!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”
Then He stood up. He spoke sharp words to the wind and the waves. Then the wind stopped blowing. 27 Then men were surprised and wondered about it. They said, “What kind of a man is He? Even the winds and the waves obey Him.”
Jesus' apostles were frightened, and Jesus reprimanded them for their lack of faith, * but He still saved them*. We do not have to be perfect to be saved by Jesus. We just call upon Him in our need, trusting Him to hear us. Remember the man praying for his daughter? Jesus told him "If you believe all things are possible"? Then the man said, " I believe; help my unbelief". His belief was not that strong, so he prayed for deeper belief, and his daughter was healed.
A Christian life is a time of growing and learning as we staunchly walk out our journey trusting in God. Faith continues to grow as we trust in Him and His protection more completely in fearful situations. Faith, even big as a mustard seed, has power. Praise God! Thank Him before the victory is accomplished! Let us worship our mighty God protector, Creator of the universe and all things good and bright and beautiful!