PROTECTION

When I was a little girl, I was fortunate to have a mother and father who protected me from the harsh things of the world. They fed and clothed me, gave me a home, educated me and loved me consistently and well. I never really thought about their protection, but I certainly benefited from it. In the same way, during most of my adult life, I seldom stopped to think about the outside forces at work to keep me from harm. The realization of God’s protection over us may come when we land safely in another country, when the tornado strikes close enough to feel the vibration and experience the darkness, or when we pass a deadly crash, knowing it could have been us. For me, it has been a gradual awareness of the reality of God’s presence in every area of my life.

Proverbs 30:5 (TLB) tells us that “every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection.” We sing songs of praise and worship that speak of God as our Defender and Protector, so why is it that we forget to thank Him daily for defending us against unseen forces?

         GEEZ LOUISE!

When the driver next to us is texting and driving 70 mph, just making it home can be cause for praise!

So how do we find this deep assurance of God’s protection? As always, look in His Word. Proverbs 19:23 (TLB) has a promise you can count on: “Reverence for God gives life, happiness and protection from harm.” The word reverence has to do with a profound adoration and respect for another. If I say I revere God, but my lifestyle proves disrespectful to His Word, I fool only myself. God wants what is best for us, and we can obtain the best when we honor Him with obedience.

Psalm 91:1–2 (TLB) says “We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods. This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.” Visualize being in the shadow of Almighty God as you go about your day at work, at home with your children, or traveling to foreign lands. Just think, the same awesome God—who made heaven and earth and you—has your back. No matter where you go, He is there.

God’s Best to you!

Author: suzyblogs

Susan Butler is a new writer who brings years of Bible study and practical Christian experience into focus with this very personal conversation between Almighty God and you! Growing up in a Bible-believing family in Shreveport, Louisiana, Susan has enjoyed a personal relationship with Christ since she was eight years old. She met C.J. Butler, her husband, while attending Louisiana College. They live in Frisco, Texas and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Susan developed her skills as an interior designer and owned her own business, Interpretations, Inc., for thirty years. She continued her education in design at The Art Institute in Houston and University of North Texas in Denton. In the midst of raising her family, she was drawn to church activities at Prestonwood Baptist, where she has been a member for over thirty years, participating in Bible fellowship, women’s Bible study, choir and various volunteer opportunities. God began preparing Susan for this journey when she was prompted to gather scriptures which were meaningful to her—not realizing at the time that there was purpose beyond the prompting. Her course was set in 2012 when she was impressed to use those verses to write a 365-day devotional book. She believes God led her to write from His perspective to share His heart in a very personal way using today’s vernacular. As she diligently sought the indwelling of the Holy Spirit during each writing session, her desire was that the short, focused messages would be the conduit to elicit a hunger in readers for a closer walk with The LORD.