THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
SECURITY UNDER GOD’S PROTECTION
We know we can be secure under God’s protection. We
know God can work wonders in our lives. God can bring miraculous
healing, as in the case of the woman suffering hemorrhages
for twelve years, with just a touch of the tassel of his cloak
(Mt 9:20). God can even raise the dead, as in the case of
Jesus bringing back to life the official’s daughter
is needed is faith. The suffering woman said, “If only
I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” (Mt 9:21).
The official said, “My daughter has just died. But come,
lay your hand on her, and she will live.” (Mt 9:18b).
Jesus told the woman, “Your faith has saved you.”
we do have faith. We have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord.
But have we accepted the way of Jesus for our lives? Are we
truly living Christ? And do we have the faith that can move
mountains? These are important if we are to experience the
fullness of God’s salvation, of His protection, of His
Let us examine ourselves. Are we really living Christ?
do we recognize God in the seemingly ordinary places we visit
anywhere and everywhere, which He sanctifies by His presence?
God is not only to be encountered in the church or our prayer
nook or a retreat house, but certainly in our homes, our workplaces,
our schools, our places of recreation. But oftentimes we can
become quite worldly or secular, or at least unmindful of
God, when we are outside the normally-recognized places we
connect with God. “Truly, the Lord is in this place
and I did not know it!” (Gn 28:16b).
do our lives reflect the simplicity of God or the extravagance
of the secular world? Are we satisfied with the basics or
do we constantly seek what the world holds important but are
not really so in God’s eyes? Do we focus on our wants
beyond our needs? What are basics? For our human needs, these
are food, clothing and shelter. Jacob looked to God to “give
me food to eat and clothes to wear, and I can come back safely
to my father’s house” (Gn 28:20b).
do we truly look to God for our provision or do we look to
our own devices and our own ways of securing ourselves and
our future? God says He will provide, but do we insist on
expending too much of our time and energy in providing for
ourselves, in the process missing out on living out our community
covenant or serving God? Do we recognize that everything comes
from God, including our ability to earn a good living, and
that we are mere stewards of what we “own,” but
we do not return to Him, by way of a tithe? “Of everything
you give me, I will return a tenth part to you without fail.”
we fail in the above, and in other instances when our faith
in God is tested, then we may not experience the fullness
of God’s protection and provision.
Now does not God tell us, “No evil shall befall you,
no affliction come near your tent.” (Ps 91:10)? But
this is not our experience at all. We have many afflictions
in life. Can we really in faith entrust our lives to God?
But of course. “Say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and
fortress, my God in whom I trust.’” (Ps 91:2).
is the reality. God is indeed there for us, but is about re-making
us in His image and likeness. “I am with you and will
protect you wherever you go .... I will never leave you until
I have done what I promised you.” (Gn 28:15). But given
our human nature, when all is well, we very easily forget
about God and neglect our obligations to Him. On the other
hand, when there are afflictions, then we turn to God. The
greater the affliction, the more our turning to God. Since
God is journeying with us and intends to form us and bring
us to holiness, then He allows afflictions.
So how can we be fully secure under God’s protection?
Let us continue to examine ourselves. Do we have the faith
that can move mountains?
we really look to God for our protection? Do we “dwell
in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of
the Almighty.” (Ps 91:1)? Do we really look to the Lord
as our “refuge and fortress” (Ps 91:2a)? Do we
really understand it when we say that the Lord is “my
God in whom I trust.” (Ps 91:2b)? Have we really “made
the Most High (our) stronghold” (Ps 91:9b)? Do we really
“cling to (God)” (Ps 91:14a)? Do we really know
his name (Ps 91:14c)?
we provide for our own devices. We trust in our own strength.
We look to what the world values, such as power, money and
position, rather than to servanthood, humility and simplicity
of lifestyle. Do we then really know God? Do we then truly
put our trust in Him?
fullness of all God’s promises are dependent on the
extent of our faith and putting our lives fully in God’s
hands and not our own. “Because you have the Lord for
your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold, no
evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent.”
(Ps 91:9-10). God says this of us: “Because he clings
to me I will deliver him; because he knows my name I will
set him on high.” (Ps 91:14).
To become fully secure under God’s protection will be
an awesome thing. As awesome as being miraculously healed
or even being raised from the dead. Especially for those who
engage in spiritual warfare, in the work of evangelization
and mission, we can experience dramatic effects.
protection from the enemy and serious illness. “He will
rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying
plague” (Ps 91:3). As such, we need never fear anything,
whatever is happening in the world. “You shall not fear
the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor
the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that
ravages at noon.” (Ps 91:5-6).
assurance of divine presence, with God’s angels around
us keeping us safe. “No evil shall befall you, ....
For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you
wherever you go.” (Ps 91:10a,11).
victory in battle over evil forces. “You can tread upon
the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon.”
(Ps 91:13). The evil one can throw all his greatest forces
against us--the serpent, the roaring lion, the dragon--but
we will prevail. This is because God will “fill (us)
with (His) saving power.” (Ps 91:16b).
With the victory comes the great honor accorded by God, the
exultation by the saints, the heavenly applause by the angels.
“I will deliver him and give him honor.” (Ps 91:15c).