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God's Protection of His Children

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place."

2 Samuel 23:6-7

While you may not understand God's methods, trust His faithfulness.

On Christmas Eve of 1875 a notable musician was riding a steamboat home to see his family for the holiday. While traveling, he was recognized by his fellow passengers. When asked to sing a song, the man chose to sing the hymn "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us." After he was a finished, the crowd clapped while a man stepped from the back and asked a question, "Did you serve in the Union Army?" A bit taken back by the random question, the musician replied that he had. The mysterious man continued, "Can you remember if you did picket duty on a summer night in 1862?" Again, the musician confirmed that he had, and the man revealed the reason behind his questioning with the following story:

"So did I, but I was serving in the Confederate Army. When I saw you standing at your post, I thought to myself, 'That fellow will never get away alive.' I raised my musket and took aim. I was standing in the shadow, completely concealed, while the full light of the moon was falling upon you. At that instant, just as a moment ago, you raised your eyes to heaven and began to sing...'Let him sing his song to the end,' I said to myself, 'I can shoot him afterwards. He's my victim at all events, and my bullet cannot miss him.' But the song you sang then was the song you sang just now. I heard the words perfectly: 'We are Thine; do Thou befriend us. Be the Guardian of our way.' Those words stirred up many memories. I began to think of my childhood and my God-fearing mother. She had many times sung that song to me. When you had finished your song, it was impossible for me to take aim again. I thought, 'The Lord who is able to save that man from certain death must surely be great and mighty.' And my arm of its own accord dropped limp at my side."

While the musician could have been killed years before during the war, he was spared as he sang God's praises one night. The symbolism of this story holds a special promise for God's children. When we face danger or find ourselves in dire circumstances, turning to God and claiming His promise of protection will guide us to where we should be.

David makes special mention of God's protection as he lay dying, noting that the enemies of God will always be defeated. If there were a man who experienced God's protection it was David. Consider David's life. Twice God had protected him from beasts while he was a shepherd. God protected him from seemingly certain death at the hands of Goliath. God protected him as he fled Saul through the hills of Israel. God protected him against enemies time and again in battle. God's protection was over David's life, yet David reminds Israel that God's protection would be on them as well.

God protects His children. Sometimes protection happens through earthly deliverance. Sometimes it happens through calling His children home. Whatever God's plan, He has promised to protect His own, and He always will.

Being in the midst of an attack or facing painful circumstances can cause you to question God's protection, but trust that God's plan is always at work. While you may not understand God's methods, trust His faithfulness.

As you seek to live a godly life today, remember that God will protect you. Facing a trial or unexpected struggle? God is with you and will protect you. Spend time right now reading Psalm 34, and claim the promises of that passage when enemies attack you.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

Daily Bible Reading
2 Samuel 9-11 | Luke 15:11-32