God Our Protector

It’s impossible not to hear or read bits and pieces about what’s going on in the world around us when we turn on the television or pick up a newspaper. The worldwide media runs on bad news and fear, and many viewers and readers are swept up in the negativity. But paying too much attention to the evil in the world is bad for our emotional and spiritual health, and the Scriptures warn against it. When we feel fear scratching at the door of our hearts trying to get in, we can take comfort knowing God is our protector.

As Believers, we can live in the world without being overcome by it. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV). There’s no escaping the tough times that will definitely come our way, but God promises to be with us right when we need Him. The world is anything but peaceful right now, but if we let God’s eternal promises sink down into our hearts, we’ll feel a peace that defies understanding. 

We have a level of protection that the world doesn’t have. When we accept by faith His Word, hate and violence are powerless against us. “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.  Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 54:14, 15, 17). We won’t be moved!

It doesn’t matter what’s happening in the world, on our side of town, or right in our own neighborhood. The Scriptures remind us we’re safe in God. Therefore, there is no need for us to fear. “The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence” (2 Samuel 22:3).

This is great news, but the Bible goes one step further. We can actually take the initiative and go on the offensive in the spiritual battle we’re in. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21, ESV). That’s right, fight back against the enemy!

As powerful warriors for Christ, we can set the example of how to live by extending kindness to others, blessing those who persecute us, and living a life of peace. We’re taught to feed our enemy if he is hungry, and give him water if he is thirsty (Romans 2:14-20). This is easier said than done, but completely possible! We’re strong through Him, not ourselves (Ephesians 6:10).

The pull of the world is powerful and the devil tries his best to scare us, but God is greater. When we focus on Him, we’re less likely to stumble. We can find comfort meditating on His Word. “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 23:4).

— Creflo Dollar