First Line of Defense
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
You have no doubt heard some variation of the much-used sermon illustration about a little child whose daddy told him to trust in God for protection one stormy night. However, the boy was looking for a little more tangible evidence of safety. As the story goes, the child preferred God “with skin on” so he could see and feel His protection.
In another sense, though, skin is the most apt tangible illustration of the kind of protection God does provide for us.
The body’s largest organ, known as our “first line of defense,” protects us from assault with objects, the extremes of temperature, and disease. Without the protection of our skin which literally surrounds us, we would be vulnerable to a host of ills.
Consider likewise the “covering” the Body of Christ has: God’s promises threaded throughout Scripture; intercessory prayers; the gifts of the Holy Spirit for healing, miracles, direction, and deliverance; and the fellowship of other believers for additional kinds of assistance.
God’s protection detailed in His Word and made possible by the sacrifice of His Only Son, Jesus, the Word Made Flesh (God “with skin on,” you might put it) is much more comprehensive than walls of brick and stone or even this magnificent epidermis in which we live and move.
His protection is our first—and always—line of defense, a “shield” against enemies both seen and unseen who will not, in the end, prevail. Read the last chapter.
And keep this in mind: “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Share your own story about a time God protected or provided in some way for you or a loved one.
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- Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Verse 3 (pnissila.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Preface, Verses 1-2, and Share Your Story (pnissila.wordpress.com)