God’s protection. You are Safe in His Arms.
When you were a little child, did you love it when one of your parents wrapped their arms around you? When someone who loves you holds you, it certainly feels like no one can hurt you.
Now, you are facing storms. Only these storms can make childhood fears tame by comparison. Your boss chews you up on a daily basis. Your spouse never seems to agree with you about anything. There always seems to be more month than money. Medical deductibles are so high you can’t afford to get sick. Sometimes the pressure looks like a 20-foot-high brick wall surrounding you with no door out.
No matter what your age, you need reassurance. Someone who can embrace you and let you know everything will be all right. This is what God can do for you.
The Bible contains many stories about God’s protection. One time, David, a shepherd who later became king of Israel, volunteered to fight a giant, Goliath. Why? Because God had helped him protect his sheep from lions and bears (1 Samuel 17:34-35). When jealous men plotted to get Daniel, a young leader from Israel, thrown into the lions’ den, Daniel came out alive (Daniel 6:19-22). After Lazarus died, Jesus called him out of his grave (John 11:41-44).
Paul, a close follower of Jesus, wrote a letter to his friend Timothy. In that letter, he said:
“…So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever.”
—2 Timothy 4:17-18 (ESV)
When Paul talked about being rescued from the lion’s mouth, he wasn’t kidding. Some scholars guess that Paul meant he had avoided death at the hands of Nero, a cruel Roman emperor. Or, that God had saved Paul from being thrown to the lions in the amphitheater, which often happened to Christians in Rome.
Whichever it was, Paul knew the security of God’s protection. The kind that can give you courage and fill you with peace. When you can sense God’s arms around you, it will provide you with the certainty that no matter what enemies you face or storms you encounter — you will survive.
A Challenge For You…
What were several fears you faced as a child? How are those different from what you are dealing with today? Is a parent still alive so you can talk about those obstacles? If not, what about a friend? Afterward, tell God about them.
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