Protection

4.24.14

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. ~ 1 Peter 1:5-6

I think our idea of protection is different from God’s. We are thinking bullet-proof glass, metal armor, invisible dome keeping out all enemies.

God’s idea of protection is the eternal preservation of our souls.

I think we would all choose to be protected in such a way that we never experience pain or disappointment. Grief and sorrow are far too common. If there is a path to avoid these hurtful sufferings, we want to take it.  But there isn’t.

From Peter’s perspective our time on earth is only a brief moment, a short journey to an eternal home. He tells us to regard ourselves as strangers traveling through, not settlers planning to be here for good. But that goes against our usual manner of thinking and it’s hard to remember when we come up against the hurts of real life.

Even so, it would likely be incomprehensible to know how many times God has shielded us from the work of the Enemy. For all of the times we are aware of our pain, how many pains has God kept from us? How many times have his angels rescued us from something powerful and destructive? How often have the prayers of others prevailed on our behalf? Like Elijah’s servant, if we could have our eyes opened we may see ourselves surrounded by chariots of fire.

But mostly we do not see these things. The salvation that God provides will be revealed another day.

So don’t give up. Persevere in faith because there is a brighter and better day ahead. There are trials and hardships along the journey, but the promise is preserved in heaven in such a way that nothing can diminish or damage it. Your future is protected.

And you are protected now. Not from pain, but from a solitary journey through your pain. God is near and He walks with you, seeing you through. Whenever your idea of protection begins to make you doubt God’s idea of protection, return your focus to the promise ahead.

Thanks for reading,

John

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