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If we had no one in our corner when we turned on the news to see constant strife and conflict going on around us, we’d be in a bad way. Without someone to lean on who is more powerful than the evil in the world, even the bravest individual could be intimidated. Fortunately for us, someone who is bigger and stronger is watching over us. We all try to stay safe, but when all of our efforts fail, God provides the supernatural protection we need.
He’s well able to work through anyone He chooses and in any situation that presents itself. Believing that He’s our source of ultimate safety in times of danger allows Him to work in our lives. He willingly intercedes when we ask Him for help. God is on our side and whatever bad report rises up to frighten us will not prevail. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
It doesn’t matter in what form evil presents itself or how strong it appears; if it goes against God and those who trust in Him, it doesn’t stand a chance. The story of how young David killed Goliath illustrates this (1 Samuel 17:4-51). David prevailed against the giant, not by his own strength or cleverness, but by the power of God. In these present times, this is especially important to remember and apply to whatever specific situations we face.
Being human, David most likely felt some fear when he squared off with Goliath, but he didn’t let that stop him. He had the full support of God Himself and he trusted that God wouldn’t let him down. God’s faithfulness still holds true today. Whatever is swirling around us in a threatening manner doesn’t have the power to overcome us. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:2, 5-7).
Sometimes the anticipation of something bad seems almost worse than the actual event. Our enemy, the devil, works through the reports we see on the television or read in the newspaper with the goal of getting into our heads and causing panic and terror. God reassures us that when we trust in Him, there’s absolutely no reason to be anxious or afraid. He has no intentions of abandoning those who depend on Him for their safety. “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
No matter what happens or what situations come against us, our total faith in God’s promises of protection brings us into a shield of safety we may not see, but is totally real. On our own, whatever we do to ensure our safety can be shaky at best. Relying on Him grounds us in someone greater than us. “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (2 Thessalonians 3:3). His faithful pledge to us on this is valid forever!