Week 5 of a 52 week Quiet Time series entitled “Living As One New Man.”
“God Protects His People”
Living As One New Man #5
Read Ephesians 1:11-14
A recurring theme in Ephesians is the magnificence of God’s plan for man’s salvation. Paul mentions here that the Jews were the first to share in the plan of salvation, followed by the Gentiles. Through Christ (and only through him), the whole world has access to an incredible, rich relationship with the God of the universe! It makes me so grateful to think that I am included in this, and very hopeful to know that as His child, I am His treasured possession! No matter who we are, if we belong to Him, God has placed his seal of ownership on us, marking us as His own. Why is that so significant? Well, there are too many reasons to list, let me illustrate one.
Not long ago, we made the choice to put our house in Tacoma up for rent. When we relocated to Seattle’s eastside, we believed it would sell quickly. As it turns out, it sat for a long time, forcing us to make some tough decisions. The rental market is good, so we had no doubt we could find a renter. The thing is, I know from experience that renters feel differently about their house than owners do. Those who own a house generally take care of it and protect it better than those who don’t…just sayin’!
Paul says that we belong to God. He marks us and He owns us. He says that the Holy Spirit represents a seal, signifying that while we are here on earth, we are His property, when we die He has reserved for us a special place in heaven with Him! Of course He allows us to go through tough times, and lets us make decisions that may affect our lives in may ways. However, the Bible teaches that God fiercely (not just sort of) protects His people. In the end, no matter what we may experience, He will take care of us. Consider the following scriptures:
Joshua 1:5 – He’s there for us our entire lives
Psalm 18:2 – He is our protector, shield of refuge
Psalm 56:9 – He sticks up for us against our enemies!
Psalm 57:1 – He protects us in times of trouble and uncertainty
Psalm 91:3-7 – He is our help in times of danger…we shouldn’t worry
Psalm 121:1-8 – He’s always there, not just sometimes
Psalm 124:1-5 – We need God’s protection for any chance of real victory
Isaiah 41:10 – His protection relieves us of fear
John 10:28-30 – His protection is powerful and solid, not precarious
1 Cor. 10:13 – He protects us during times of temptations…we are not alone!
2 Tim. 4:17-18 – His protection provides strength when we are weak
2 Thess. 3:3 – He protects us from Satan…we are never alone in the fight!
Meditate on being a fiercely protected possession of God – let it strengthen you!