who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
It was imperative or the early church to feel that God was protecting them. However, that is hard to establish in the rise of persecution. So, how are people who are shielded able to die? They are shielded from things happening to them that God does not will. Each thing that happens to a Christian is because it is allowed. Isn’t that sadistic? One only has to look at the wounds of Christ to see what an intentional lifting of God’s protection looks like. Jesus’ wounds are deep and horrific to a degree that directly relates with the importance of what they achieved. Although the Christian is protected from pointless persecution, some suffering points to truths that are directly related to the depth of the pain experienced.
In some ways I wish that I had been shielded more from harsh words and criticism. However, I would not have developed my present strength if I had not had to deal with the weakness they helped create. However, God has shielded me from being given more than I can bear. His lovingkindness to his children means that he shields them from anything that will not be productive. In the same way, my wife and I shield my children from some things. We redirect them in ways that they are not aware of. We remove potential obstacles. However, we allow our children’s choices to have their natural consequences when we know they will learn from the pain.
God’s ability to shield is connected to his omnipotence. God is infinite in power and therefore we need not be afraid. Nothing can assail us that our father, who loves us, has not allowed. We will not need shielding forever, though. One day we will be plucked out of harm’s way and we will be placed upon a rock for eternity where sin and death no longer exist. We will need no protection because the opposition to goodness and truth will be done.
Thank you God that you shield me. I sometimes feel vulnerable and react to whatever you let reach me that hurts me. However, I do not give any thought to what you have filtered and resisted. Your power holds your shield in place and nothing has any chance of taking my shield away. I am safe.
- How did early Christians need shielding?
- How would you explain being shielded and enduring persecution at the same time?
- When will our need to be shielded end?
- From what do you need shielding?
- How does God shield you?
- Pray for shielding.