Have you ever gone out of your way to take extensive precautions to avoid a potentially dangerous situation? Many of us have, so that we could feel safe and secure. The problem is that not only can this be time-consuming, there always seems to be some detail we may have forgotten, thereby causing us more worry and anxiety. We’ll always have that issue when we rely on ourselves for our own safety, but trusting God for our protection gives us peace of mind.
Trusting God isn’t just a simple cliché, but a conscious decision. In a world where most people have taken matters into their own hands concerning their safety and security, deciding to put our faith in Him takes courage. God promises to protect those who trust Him; He has never failed to keep His promise, and He never will. “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV).
There’s nothing wrong with using common sense to ensure our safety. God blessed us with intelligence and sound judgment for a good reason. However, He didn’t leave us alone with our physical senses with the expectation that those are all we need to keep us safe. He wants to be with us in everything we do and everywhere we go; therefore, the safest place to be is in His presence. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:1, 4).
We need to be mindful of what we pay attention to; it affects how we think, and ultimately what we do. Getting swept up in the turbulence around us can instill fear in us. Listening to the news reports can rattle some people so badly that they’re convinced they’ll die an early death; some people live in fear of it every day. Putting the matter in God’s hands gives us total protection and deliverance from trouble, both seen and unseen.
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone… “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation” (Psalm 91:10-12, 14-16, NKJV).
Paying attention to God’s promises of protection keeps us calm and confident. When fear grips the world, knowing that He’ll always be nearby keeps us grounded and firmly established in His peace. “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (2 Thessalonians 3:3). He’ll never let us down or leave us when we need Him. Being able to count on Him to keep us safe from harm, regardless of what’s going on around us, is better than any alarm system we could ever have.