In the winter of 1995, I vividly recall the time I was riding in the car with my Dad and teammates to baseball practice. All of a sudden, my Dad yelled out: “Hold on tight!” Our joyful singing of Bob Marley quickly turned to dread as the Jeep Grand Cherokee we were riding in was moments from colliding into another vehicle on the icy road.
I quickly closed my eyes, clenched my teeth, and embraced for the impact. I only recalled the sound of glass shattering, tires squealing, and being twisted around like I was on a violent roller coaster. When I opened my eyes, the only one who had been slightly hurt was my friend in the back seat on the passenger side; he had a small gash on his right eyebrow.
It amazes me how no one was seriously injured. My Dad told me that our car actually flipped when we went into the ditch, but we landed upright. I believe this was a miracle from God, keeping us safe and having his angels literally guarding us from deadly harm.
Bible Verses of Protection
Psalm 91 declares the same truth–that God’s angels will guard us wherever we go. These divine messengers keep us from potential threats and safeguard us from hazardous situations. Moses wrote about this 3,400 years ago the day he completed the building of the Tabernacle in the desert. The prophet was confident that the everlasting God was sovereign over the life of His people, the Israelites.
“For he will command his angel concerning you to guard you in all your ways. They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone (Ps. 91:11-12).”
Other verses echo this truth throughout human history. Nahum writes: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him (Nahum 1:7).”
Isaiah proclaims, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isa. 43:2).”
Finally, the Apostle Paul exclaims, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 6:11).”
It is clear from Scripture that God is our protector. The Lord has a myriad of angels who watch over us on a daily basis; this should give us confidence and peace as we navigate through the storms of life. However, it’s important to be cognizant of the fact that all of us will face death someday. Before that day comes, make every effort to be reconciled with God.
Jeremiah 29:13 informs us, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” How do we seek God? By confessing our sins. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from righteousness. We can also seek God by fellowshipping with believers.
The writer of Hebrews exhorts us not to forsake the assembly, especially now since the day of Christ is drawing near (Heb. 10:25). Finally, meditating on Scripture and praying to God will keep us within the shadow of the Almighty–Blessed is the man whose delight is in the Law of the Lord. He is like a tree planted by streams of living water, that bears much fruit (Psalm 1).
It is true. God has a myriad of angels that protect us. In fact, He is our chief protector and sustainer. The Lord our God will be with us wherever we go. Nothing will be able to separate us from His love, not even death itself because we will be with Him in heaven forever. Praise be to Jesus–our Savior and King. Amen.
Devotional written by Chad A. Damitz (M.Div)