This Month's Promise

“...They will call Him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”

- (Matthew 1:23)

Read: Exodus 12: 21-30


“For the King trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.” (Psalm 21: 7)

Protection to a natural man is on things of this world - wealth, weapons, muscle power or whatever. To the spiritual man, protection is a Person. The great illustration of divine protection is the Passover mentioned in Exodus 12. Before they left Egypt Moses told the Israelites, to slaughter the Passover lamb, and put some blood on the top and on both sides of the door frames, so that when the Lord went through the land to strike the Egyptians, He would see the blood and would pass over that doorway. He would not permit the destroyer to enter their houses.” On that night the Lord covered the houses of the Israelites with Himself ! Like birds hovering overhead, the Lord Almighty shielded and delivered, He “passed” over and rescued the people of Israel (Isaiah 31:5). He put Himself between His people and their enemies. When any of God’s people are so threatened, God Himself becomes their Guard. A missionary from China testified that when the communists threatened to brainwash her, the Lord Himself intervened between her and her captors. They seemed unable to get at her to break her down. As a bird hovers over the nest to protect her young, so the Lord personally hovered over her, His servant to protect her. It is literally true that nothing can harm us without passing through our Father.

Dear friends, since our protection is in God, we must be careful not to trust on worldly powers. Isaiah 31: 1 says, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.” Even to be anxious about protection is in itself a sign that we do not believe God. The Lord does not say, “Fear not for you have a great wealth/strength/army with you.” He says, “Fear not, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 41: 10) The bottom line of our safety is in the presence of God. Anything less than Him spells disaster! He who delivered the Israel from the Egyptian army at the Red sea by coming “between” them will protect us too when we trust Him wholly.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, you are my Protector in times of danger. Let me not trust on material things for my protection for they cannot save me fully. Let your presence always go before me and guard me from all the dangers that the enemy lays before me. In you alone I trust. Amen.