12 Weeks of Prayer Week 2 Day 7
THE PATHS OF PROTECTION
By Pastor Michael Heil
TOH The Unapologetic Theologian
“The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out
and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”
These two scriptures, Psalms 121:7-8, are part of the passage expressing God’s faithfulness to protect Israel. With the Word of God, it is proper and right to read it first in the context it was given. This is the universal “logos” or general meaning God intends. Still, as with all of God’s Word, God will reveal His “Rhema” or specific principles and applications. What I see in these two verses is that the protection God affords to Israel is a spiritual truth of His protection to all His children. I believe it is correct to say Father God guards us and keeps us from destruction. That is especially important to realize in these times we are walking through that Satan is bringing persecution through our governmental leaders, social networks, universities, and even businesses. We can see the hand of Satan by the persecution going across these different groups. In what ways can we expect God to protect us in the coming months and even years?
The first way God protects us is by keeping our path of life straight. Psalms 27:11 shares, “Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.” We all walk different paths in life; some may be in construction, some may be in sales, others may be housewives; there are many different paths that we walk in life. In your path or in my path, the evil one will try to bring events and circumstances to harm us or even destroy us if he could. Currently the “cancel culture” where we live, there are people who live next door who are being moved to look for offense. One of the ways that Satan will push them to be offended is by extremist, right-wing, Christians. We could spend all day looking over our shoulder for these offenses to come, and we could worry and be distrustful towards every person we see. However, we need to recognize that our God goes before us to straighten our paths. I passionately believe, day in and day out, moment in and moment out, the Lord is keeping us from the traps of the devil such as you or me ending up in a store a few minutes after a leftist activist leaves or that we will be driving and go through an intersection five minutes before an accident happens. Through little ways and little coincidences, God prepares our path, and we never see it happening; God’s protection re