God’s Shield of Protection

In the midst of current events there is so much loss. So much devastation. So much uncertainty. So much social unrest. So much hatred. Yet in it all, God’s shield of protection surrounds us.

I find I must constantly pick up my Bible, read what it says, and remind myself these battles are not mine to fight alone. For the God who placed the stars in the heavens and planets in motion remains on his throne. He remains in control. He is able to keep his shield of protection securely wrapped around each of us.

During these troubling times, we might feel helpless but we really aren’t. Through the power of prayer we can petition God to place his shield around each and every situation we face. The battles we face in this life are the Lord’s to fight on our behalf.

Even though they faced a large enemy when the Old Testament king Jehoshaphat and his army prepared to go into battle, God told them not to be discouraged or afraid. The outcome of the battle didn’t depend on what Jehoshaphat and his army could or couldn’t do. The outcome depended on God.

Jehoshaphat was told he and his men didn’t need to fight the battle. Their job was to meet the enemy, take up their positions, and wait. The Lord would give the victory.

There are battles all around us. Health battles. Job battles. Family battles. Financial battles. Relationship battles.

We’ve been given our orders. We are not to look at our discouraging circumstances and be overcome with fear. We are instructed to face the enemy and wait upon the Lord to win the victory.

Whenever we feel as if we’re fighting an impossible battle, no matter what foe we may be up against or how bleak the situation may appear, our hope of victory comes through the confidence we have in God’s shield of protection wrapped securely around us.

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Jahaziel said, “Your Majesty and all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, the Lord says that you must not be discouraged or be afraid to face this large army. The battle depends on God, not on you. Attack them tomorrow as they come up the pass at Ziz. You will meet them at the end of the valley that leads to the wild country near Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Just take up your positions and wait; you will see the Lord give you victory. People of Judah and Jerusalem, do not hesitate or be afraid. Go out to battle, and the Lord will be with you!”   2 Chronicles 20:15-17 (GNT)

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Sunday Scriptures – The Battle is the LORD’s

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

There was a battle going on. The Israelite army stood on one hillside. The Philistines stood on the other. In the valley between the two stood the Philistine champion, Goliath, who at over nine feet tall was a rather intimidating foe.

For forty days Goliath shouted challenges and defied the God of the Israelites. The men of the Israelite army were scared. The Bible says they were “dismayed and terrified” and “ran from him in great fear”. (I Samuel 17)

Then in walks David who was probably a teenager at the time. He brought food to his three older brothers who were serving in King Saul’s army. He asked what was going on, found out, and decided to do something about it.

You know the story…David kills the giant. But David doesn’t take credit for the defeat. He gives the glory to the God who had delivered David from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear. The battle was the LORD’s.

We face giants today. Some days, the battles are fierce. Other days just naggingly annoying. Some days the battle has raged for a long time. Other days we’re blindsided. Either way, if we go out in our own strength we’re sure to fail, or at the most, win only a partial victory.

God has given us tools to fight our battles. His Holy Word and his Holy Spirit. We must train to do battle. We’re only fooling ourselves if we believe we can win in our own strength. Not gonna’ happen. We need to give our battles to the LORD. He is the one who gives the victory.

I’ve mentioned new phrases I tell myself…Shields Up! and More Pie, Please. Well today I’m adding a new one which you may find helpful to repeat. The Battle is the LORD’s.

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All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. I Samuel 17:47 (NIV)

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