‘Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.’ Psalm 107:28-29
Who did all that? Our God! Yes, He did this. And this should not surprise us. Not one bit.
God has always made the promise to His people that He would give them protection. He has done that in many ways. He had Jonah swallowed up by a huge fish, yet he was protected and lived. Jesus calmed the seas so the disciples would not be afraid in the boat. Then look at King David! He faced a real life giant, a fierce one at that, yet as a young boy God protected him and allowed him to taste the victory. And of course, we have to think about the day the Israelites arrived at the Red Sea, with Pharoah and his armies behind them. They stood on the edge, knowing, believing they had nowhere to go. But again, God came through. He spoke to Moses, the staff was raised, and the seas parted, with dry ground below. All walked through the passage, and all made it over to the other side just in time. Pharoah was dealt with immediately. We all know his end.
This is just physical protection. God protects us in other ways as well. Read the story of Stephen in Acts chapters 6 and 7. This was a young man, full of the Spirit, with a great love for God. He was chosen to be one of the very first deacons, to minister to the church. And he was persecuted and died. Yet when he died a most horrible death, by stoning, his protection came in the form of him looking to Heaven, and calling on his God. The scripture says that he asked God to forgive those who did this to him. And then he fell asleep. God took him home quickly. He protected him in that way.
The apostle Paul was delivered from harm, many times over. The Lord allowed him to rise above his situation. He gave him strength and resolution to bear whatever he had to bear, in the name of Jesus Christ. Only God can elevate our hearts, minds, and spirits to such heights that we do not suffer from physical abuse.
We still today, many of us, can attest to the fact that God has indeed provided a covering, an escape, or a real miracle, in the protection of our physical bodies and our minds. There are countless stories of God’s goodness in physical healing, in restoration of the heartbroken, and in redemption when we have been maligned.
God is faithful. In all things, and in all ways. He is our strong tower, He is our refuge. He is worthy of our praise. Give it endlessly. Give it willingly. And give it from the heart.