The world we live in can be an evil place; a scary place; and a dangerous place.
When it comes to thinking about the safety of our children in this world, our minds often instantly turn to senseless tragedies in recent years like Chibok Schoolgirls kidnaping in Nigeria or the massacre in Sandy Hook (New Town Connecticut), where so many innocent children lost their lives in school, a place where we assume our children are going to be safe from all harm.
How many of us heard the news that day, filled with such anguish and empathy towards those hurting parents, and immediately sought out our own kids– to hold, maybe just a little tighter than usual?
I recently found out that Jehovah-Nissi, God’s name in Hebrew, literally means “One who delivers, preserves, shelters, covers and watches over us”! God really is the Great Protector! Parents, we must call on God for His protection over our children.
The question you may have is, does God protect us in EVERY situation? If so, then why did Sandy Hook happen? Why did the Boko Harams kidnapped those innocent girls. Why does tragedy happen at all? That’s a fair question. While I’m far from a Bible scholar, my best answer would be, living in a world where God has given us free will, we end up making choices that can contribute to personal hardships, pain, and loss. Remember, Jesus said this would happen in our lives. Life on Earth is not perfect. Even though we do have free will to make our own choices, we must remember that God’s will for us does remain perfect.
Pray often. Take your thoughts and actions captive. Stay in God’s Word. Remember God is faithful, even when you are not.
Some scripture references that will help you in covering your children in prayer for protection.
Genesis 28:15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Psalm 18: 2,3 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 91: 1,2, 10 -12 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.