How exactly does God protect his own?

There are many promises and examples of physical protection in the Word of God, both the Old Testament and New Testament. God promised protection to the Israelites against the nations who would come against them as they entered the Promised Land. “I will send My terror ahead of you, and throw into confusion all the people among whom you come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you” (Exodus 23:27). Here we see God protecting those whose actions were in accordance to His foreordained plans and purpose.

Understand, however, that although God has the ability to deliver us out of every physical calamity or trouble, it may not be His will to do so. Sometimes He uses these trials to purify us. At these times, we should “count it pure joy” because by allowing such trials, God tests our faith to develop more faith so that we persevere and grow to maturity and Christ-likeness (James 1:2-3). Protecting us from such trials would not be beneficial to us.

We may think that if God really wanted to protect us, He would provide wealth and ease in this life. But God does not always protect us from the consequences of bad financial decisions or our lack of diligence in working. “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). God made Solomon extremely wealthy because his attitude toward wealth was much less than his desire for God’s wisdom and knowledge. As Solomon walked in sin and adultery, his wealth was destroyed. Ultimately, God uses wealth to lift up some and bring down others, all of which is part of His protection of His own.

There is a place of immunity for the believer, a spiritual fortress in Christ that shelters us from the attacks of the devil. For those who abide in this stronghold of God, the onslaught of the wicked one does not touch them. Here, in this secret dwelling with the Almighty, we are hidden from the effects of the accuser’s tongue; we are sheltered from the assignment of the destroyer.

The dictionary defines immunity as “freedom or exemption, as from a penalty, burden, duty or evil.” This is how the living God wants His children to walk: in freedom from the penalties and burdens of sin, delivered from the duties of legalistic religion, protected and triumphant over the assault of the evil one.

When His people cry out, God protects them. There are several passages that can attest to this: “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” (Psalms 50:15), and, “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalms 18:6). The following passages also speak to God’s desire to protect His people: “The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life” (Psalms 121:7). The famous Psalm 91 speaks of God’s protection for those who love Him. In verse 10, He promises, “[N]o evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.” If you find yourself in trouble, call out to Jesus for protection. Ask Him to dispatch His angels to surround you. God is your loving Father who wants to save you from harm.

As a believer in Jesus, we are promised a new life covered under the protection of God in which NOTHING can separate us from His love. Rest knowing that no matter what hardship you face, God is your provider and protector!