A World of Protection

Do you lock your doors during daylight hours? Pull the blinds at dusk?

I grew up in a small Wisconsin town. No one locked their doors. The church was always open. Times have changed. Even in my hometown, my parents are now accustomed to turning a key in the lock when leaving the house. And churches everywhere must be protected from thieves and vandals.

My own home is very secure. Not because we live in a bad neighborhood. It’s actually a nice and quiet place to live. But no matter where you reside, there is a need to protect your family and home from those who might inflict harm. We have a lock on our screen door, and both a lock and deadbolt on the regular door. A monitored security system and outside motion detector lights complete the set-up. We’re not paranoid. We’re just careful.

When you think about it, people are pretty obsessed with being protected.

We use:

1. Sunblock to protect us from sunburn

2. Umbrellas to protect us from getting wet in the rain

3. Security systems to protect us from intruders

4. Virus protection on our computers

5. A variety of methods to protect us from identity theft

6. Disinfectant to protect us from infection

7. Seat belts to protect us from serious harm in accidents

8. Sports attire that helps protect the mouth, head, knees, etc.

9. Vaccines to protect us from illness

10. Plant coverings to protect them from frost

11. Sunglasses to shield our eyes from bright light

12. Clothes to protect us from the environment

13. The military to protect us from other countries invading

14. Law enforcement to protect us from “bad” people

15. Ear protection to inhibit loud noises from damaging our hearing

16. Investments and diverse portfolios to protect our financial future

Okay – that’s a rather long list. But, hopefully you get my point.

Despite all the methods we use to protect our physical well-being, we sometimes forget about the One who not only protects our bodies, but our hearts and souls.

God is always there, watching over us. Wanting the best for us. Protecting us from forces we can’t see, or may never realize.

Sometimes we could even use protection from temptation, discouragement, despair, bad judgment, unwise decisions, unjustified anger, an attitude filled with bitterness, a prideful spirit, an unforgiving heart . . . and maybe even a broken heart.

"Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name." (Psalm 91:14 NIV)

"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." (2 Thess. 3:3 NIV)

God will protect you . . .
What do you need from Him today?


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  1. Great post! Protection from the unseen dangers (temptation, discouragement, etc.) may be even more important than the dangers we install deadbolts against. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Hi Diane!

    Thanks for your comment.

    I agree . . . I think unseen dangers can do more harm than those we can physically see and touch.

    Have a blessed week! :-D


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