Three Important Facts About God's Protection
The providence of God encourages one to know that he protects, provides and preserves his creation. In todays society danger lurks everywhere and in the least likely places. Many depend upon locks and special alarm systems, not to mention weapons and other defensive ideas. All of these things within themselves cannot guarantee protection, but God who never slumbers or sleeps can and does. There are many things that could have happened that did not and it was not coincidental, but in many cases the Angels of the Lord who camp around stopped, moved, made aware, and even warned about impending danger. Psalm 91 declares He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91 was written by an unknown author, but because Psalm 90 was written by Moses, he may be the potential author. The Psalm starts out with placing the responsibility on the individual by saying "he that dwelleth in the secret place". To dwell in the secret place is to dwell in his presence. How does one dwell in his presence? one way is to give thanks in everything for this is Gods will (1 Thess. 5:18). Giving thanks brings one into the presence of God just as it did on a physical level for one of the ten lepers who decided to return back into the presence of Jesus and give thanks when he received his healing from leprosy. Psalm 140:13 declares surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty
By looking at a shadow in a practical sense, we can learn certain facts about God's protection today.
- Fact number 1 - A shadow cannot exist without a real object from which it is cast from. God is real and even though he cannot be seen with the natural eye, the evidence of his existence speaks for itself. There are many things that cannot be seen by the natural eye but the evidence of its existence proves that it is there such as electricity. The natural eye cannot see it but its usefulness occurs everyday domestically. The effects of its presence through appliance use, heat, etc can be seen and felt. When you see goodness in the earth, you see God because the bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from above. Near tragedy's, accidents, and willful premeditated attacks that did not happen may be God's protecting hand. Psalm 91 also speaks about Angelic protection which is also another protection benefit.
- Fact number 2 - Light must be present in order to see a shadow because in pure darkness you cannot see anything. John 1:4-5 talks about Jesus being a light. In him (Jesus) was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not. No matter how dark things get in a persons life one can rest in the fact that the Lord is there. He is a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1) and he promises never to leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
- Fact number 3- A shadow cannot harm a person. David said in Psalm 23:4 yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Sad to say but God has gotten a bad rap in today's society because he has been blamed for tragedies both environmentally and physically causing people to be afraid of him. Even in church circles people are afraid that God is going to harm them in some way. Jesus said in Matthew 7:11 if ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? in other words our goodness is evil in comparison to God's goodness. Storms of all types are branded "acts of God" and so on. If God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7) certainly he does not want us to be afraid of him. The first thing Angelic beings would utter as they brought messages to men was fear not!