Summary: God stands over us a protector, as long as we carry the Shield of Faith.
The Lord Our Shield
You wouldn’t want to be caught in battle without protection. A person can only dodge so many arrows before one finds its mark. As in any battle, our spiritual shields are effective only when we use them. We can use our shields in our battles against Satans attacks.
DT 33:29 Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will trample down their high places.
“Israel” is synonymous with “The True Church”. With God on our side, nothing can stand against us.
If God Be for US, Who Can Be Against Us?
2 He said: "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;2SA 22:3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior--from violent men you save me.
Davids words of praise to God after defeating Saul. With God on his side he overcame great odds against him. His own son Absalom tried to kill him. David wrote these words as he fled from Absalom.
PS 3:1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!PS 3:2 Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." Selah
PS 3:3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
David could have been depressed or overwhelmed by his enemies and family being against him, but instead his spirits are lifted because he knows God will deliver and protect him.
Frederick was fleeing from his enemies in North Africa during a time of great persecution. Exhausted with no other place to hide he fell into a cave nearby and expected his enemies to soon find and kill him. As he lay there awaiting his death, a spider began weaving a web at the cave entrance. Within minutes, the little spider had woven a web across the opening of the cave. The pursuers arrived and wondered if Frederick were perhaps hiding in the cave. Upon seeing the web thought it impossible for him to have entered the cave. They moved on and continued their pursuit. Having escaped certain death, Frederick exclaimed
“Where God is, a spiders web is like a wall,
“Where God is not, a wall is like a spiders web”
You can easily get trapped where God is not there protect you. Trapped you are merely awaiting for your enemy to come devour you.
1PE 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
God is like a soldier on guard duty in a war. He never falls asleep on watch. In the midst of a war zone, when it is a soldiers turn for guard duty there are times when their eyes may be so heavy they are tempted to take a quick nap. God is not like that. In the greatest war of all God is on duty 24/7, wide-awake to protect you from Satan and sin.
5th General Order-“I will quit my post only when properly relieved”
There is no one to relieve God from his post therefore he is always on watch over us.
PR 30:5 "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him
Don’t expect God to save or protect you against things that are in his word.
Stupid Endangerments-Speeding, Drug Use, Sex
Protect or bless a business contrary to his holyness or plan
(Immoral or cheating people)
If you are born again, you have assurance of Salvation and going to Heaven. Thats not to say that you wont have trouble in this life.
1PE 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Is your faith made of gold or wood?--Fire purifies gold but destroys wood!