It seems like it’s something going on everyday! From Christian persecution in the Middle East to black on black crime, violence is increasing rapidly. This past mother’s day weekend started off with a series of shootings that didn’t seem to send until Sunday evening. I am well aware that we are living in perilous times as stated in 2nd Timothy 3:1. There is a joke that I often see floating around on social media that compares Detroit to the Purge. Unfortunately I saw the Purge before and was less than thrilled that someone had the audacity to make a comparison between the two. Detroit is know for being a dangerous city so I am also not oblivious to where they got that idea from.
I must admit after reading the news on my phone this morning I felt very uneasy. I felt the need to pray in the spirit and to thank God for the protection of my family and friends. One of the shootings took place around the corner from my parents home so it felt very close to home. As I began to slightly worry about the “would’ve and could’ve” thoughts, I began to remember what God said in his word regarding divine protection.
As usual when my mind wonders off a little too much I searched on my trusted Google app to ask what the bible says regarding a particular subject, in this case protection from evil. Immediately I felt at ease because the word of God brings peace to everything. I noticed that those subtle feelings of fear immediate faded as I read scriptures such as 2nd Thessalonians 3:3, 2nd Samuel 22:3-4, Isaiah 54:17, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 91, Psalm 121:7-8, Psalm 138:7 and Romans 8:28.
What these scriptures reminded me is that God is a keeper of his promises and that he will protect us even if this world is experiencing a hike in violence. I was also reminded of those times when I was in life threatening danger and provision was made for me to not reap the consequence of injury or death. These scriptures remind us of God’s faithfulness to his people during times of trouble. I trust that God will protect those that I love; offering them wisdom and guidance to discern as they go throughout their days.
Learning to lean on God and his word during times I don’t understand.
I’ve also provided two of Psalms below that were mentioned in my posting.
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God (Psalm 91)
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.