Today my granddaughter is 7 months old! She is so beautiful, so sweet and perfect in every way. She is learning new things each and every day. She sits up now, grabs her blocks and toys with both hands, puts absolutely EVERYTHING in her mouth, and speaking of putting everything in her mouth, she has been introduced to food! That’s right, the baby girl is no longer just drinking milk, she is grabbing at every food item she can get her hands on! She smiles and laughs out loud and looks at each and every person with great intent! She loves being outdoors and is soaking up and absorbing the big wide world around her more and more with each passing day.
I adore her and would give her anything she wants. But truly, what I want most for her in this whole wide world, is for her to be protected! I want her perfect innocence to never be taken away from her. I want her to be given every opportunity this world has to offer. I want her to understand that we love her with all of our hearts, and that God loves her more! I want her sense of giving love freely without expecting anything in return to never be diminished or robbed from her! I want her to always be free of illness, or harm. I want her to grow up and be anything she wants to be and have no one ever tell her she isn’t good enough or worthy of it!
I want her to be PROTECTED!
The definition of PROTECT is, “to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc…it is too cover or shield!”
While my desire, and I know the desire of her parents, may be to cover, shield her, and protect her from all ill or harm, the truth is, we can’t! As much as we want to. As much as we would be willing to give our life for hers, we cannot guarantee her protection!
What we can do, is entrust her to the only one who can truly protect her, the Mighty Protector Himself, God.
God is the PROTECTOR of His children!
God reaches out and speaks to two of His children and assures them that He will PROTECT them. He actually uses two of the words in our definition of PROTECT…
Cover and Shield!
God speaks to Abraham in Genesis 15:1 and says,
“Do not fear, Abraham, I am a shield to you.“
God assures Abraham that He is His shield of protection and that he does not need to be afraid!
We also see God protecting Ruth in Ruth 2:12 that says,
“May the Lord the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.“
God is “covering” and protecting Ruth, “under His wings”, as He leads and guides her to her Kinsman Redeemer, Boaz.
In the Psalms, David cries out to God over and over and over again for His protection…
“May he reign under God’s protection forever. May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him.” Psalm 61:7
“O, Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced.” Psalm 71:1
“My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.” Psalm 71:7
Throughout Scripture we see God protecting His children and shielding them and covering them with His love and protection!
I have great peace and confidence as I cry out to God and put not just my youngest granddaughter into His hands, but also my other granddaughter and grandson.
They are God’s children and He is their faithful, strong PROTECTOR!
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises are true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for PROTECTION.” II Samuel 22:31
Do you struggle with holding on too tightly to what you cannot control?
Do you allow fear to override the Truth that God is a shield and protection for all His children?
Do you deal with anxiety over what you want to fix but cannot?
If you do, you are not alone, anxiety, fear and desire to control is skyrocketing out of control in our society.
The only antidote my friends, is God! His Word is Truth! His promises are true! He is your shield and cover, your refuge and PROTECTOR!
Speak Truth Love