Have you ever been in a situation where you felt vulnerable or at risk of something bad happening? Most of us can remember the intensely uncomfortable feeling we got when we sensed the possibility of danger. We all have a basic need to feel safe; this need must be addressed before we can move forward and accomplish what we set out to do. While the world turns to its own resources for protection, believers can depend on a supernatural source of security that never fails.
God’s will is for His children to walk in perfect peace and security. When we trust Him in this area, absolutely nothing can harm us. As born-again Christians, we can expect to be protected on every level when evil is all around us. “But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence” (1 Kings 5:4, NKJV). In this dangerous world, the safest place to be is in the will of God.
Believers are set apart from everyone else. That means that when others live in fear of what they see around them, we walk through life in confidence and peace. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). We know by faith that we’re safe, regardless of the situation. This gives us a boldness others don’t have.
The boldness we have in the face of danger isn’t the absence of common sense; it’s the result of a decision to lean on our heavenly Father for our safety. When it seems like we’re trapped, we know that God will deliver us. “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6). God is the one who pulls us out of the pit and moves us into a safe place.
Our security is grounded in our knowledge of God’s true nature. We’re not afraid when trouble shows up, because we know who our protector is. The God who created the earth and the entire universe is the same God who remains at our side when disaster strikes. He’ll never leave us to face a bad situation on our own. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3, NKJV).
Others may be fearful because they’re keenly aware of their weaknesses, and unsure of whether they can hold up under adversity. We don’t have to fear because we know God has no weaknesses, and we can rely on Him to keep us safe. Knowing His nature enables us to stand out from the crowd and do extraordinary feats that others wouldn’t dare try. “…But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).
Those who don’t know God can always have a nagging worry that they might walk into a bad situation without knowing it. We don’t have to concern ourselves with that, because our relationship with Jesus puts the responsibility for watching over us squarely on Him. We can be confident that He’ll preserve and protect us, no matter what we do or where we go. “The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7, 8, NIV). Walking in this knowledge gives us true peace of mind.