The most vital protection


When we suffer, it is so easy for us to look at biblical promises of God's protection over His children and wonder what went wrong. When we grieve the loss of a loved one, face the sorrow of miscarriage, or experience deep pain, we may feel as if we are no longer protected.

I heard something in church on Sunday that deeply ministered to me and I hope ministers to you too. The sermon was on John 17 when Jesus prays for protection over his disciples before he would be delivered over to be crucified. All of the disciples were persecuted for following Jesus and most were eventually martyred for their faith. Where was their protection?

"The kind of 'protection' that Jesus was praying for just moments before was not that they would be insulated from or removed from this world that hates them, but that they would be protected from the evil one." -Pastor Todd Arnett

We often pray for protection over our families and the things we hold the most dear--our children, our spouses, our parents, our homes. It is okay to ask these things, knowing that God loves us and sees every detail. And yet, the most vital type of protection is the one we as believers are promised--the protection of our souls.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Romans 8:37-39 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

When our hearts break, may we rest knowing that we are still held safe and secure, protected in the most vital way possible.