Our loving God protects us from spiritual harm by equipping us with what we need in order to endure trials and to safeguard our relationship with Him. God works to preserve our life not just for a few short years but for eternity. Consider some of God’s provisions that can protect us spiritually.
God is the hearer of prayer (Psalm 65:2). When life’s pressures seem overwhelming, pouring out our heart to Him can bring us much relief. He may not miraculously remove our trials, but in response to our heartfelt prayers, He can grant us the wisdom to deal with them (James 1:5,6). The certain knowledge that God is in control and nothing can happen to us outside His control infuses us with power beyond what is normal to endure until God removes all painful problems in the Kingdom, so near at hand (2 Corinthians 4:7).
At times, God’s protective power may be expressed through our fellow worshippers. God has drawn His people into a world-wide fellowship of brethren and sisters (1 Peter 2:17; John 6:44). In the warmth of that brotherhood we see living testimony to the power of God to influence people for good. That spirit produces fruit in us – beautiful, precious qualities including love, kindness and goodness (Galatians 5:22,23). Hence, when we are in distress and a fellow believer is moved to offer helpful counsel, or share much needed words of encouragement, we can thank God for such expressions of His protective care. He is certainly a shield to all those taking refuge in Him (Psalm 18:30). We understand that He does not use His power to protect us from all calamity now. He does, however, always use His protective power to ensure the outworking of His purpose. In the long run His doings are in the best interests of His people.
If we draw close to Him and remain in His love, God will give us an eternity of perfect life. With that prospect in mind we may indeed view any suffering in this world as momentary and light (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Bro David Yelulani (Banket, Zimbabwe)