Why Be Joyous, 5: Safely Shielded by God's Power
- Thursday, July 03, 2003
Who is Keeping You Safe?
Did you know that "riding with God" is a lot like cyclebiking-only with reinforcements? There's freedom. We feel life! Yet we are completely protected, hedged in, surrounded...shielded, 1 Peter 1: 5 says.
The word Peter uses is phroureo (pronounced froo-reh'-o ) and it means so much more than some type of covering. This word is defined as "to guard...as in military guard." In other words, we are surrounded by a military guard. A heavenly host of warrior angels.
Look at this powerful story from 2 Kings:
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place."
The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?"
"None of us, my lord the king," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom."
"Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him."
The report came back: "He is in Dothan." Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see."
Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
I am a writer, and as a writer I must have a vivid imagination. When I was a little girl I raked the pine straw in the backyard into the blueprint of castles and fortresses and within the high stone walls I became a princess-the daughter of the king-and lived out many adventures.
Years later, when I joined a drama class, our director said after one of my class performances, "The thing about her acting is: she can have absolutely nothing around her, but can clearly see those things which should be."
It's called imagination.
So imagine with me. Close your eyes and imagine that right here, right now, no matter what your circumstances-good days or bad times-an army of Heavenly beings are surrounding you. They stand tall, their bodies fit for battle. Their swords are drawn. While some have their backs to you, others face you. Their eyes dart side to side. You know, like you've seen the Presidential Secret Servicemen's do. Nothing is getting past them. You are well protected.
Now open you eyes. Can you still see them? They really are there. If you have that faith we talked about in the last installment, you can see them. Not physically, of course, but with your spiritual eyes. There's nothing to be afraid of. We're not talking New Age stuff here. We're talking about your Father, the King, ordering his men to protect you.
There's more to the definition of "shielded" than I mentioned earlier. The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon concludes the definition with this: [to guard] by watching and guarding to preserve one for the attainment of something.
What is that "something?"
Peter says: you, who through faith are shielded (surrounded, guarded) by God's power (His Heavenly warriors) until the coming of the salvation.
Salvation! The very reason we can live a life of joy! Because Jesus has saved us and we are being preserved-protected, defended, and cared for-until that time when we see Him face to face. God the Son, our All-in-all.
In this we can truly rejoice!
Eva Marie Everson is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows, and the upcoming Shadows of Light (Barbour Books). She is an award-winning national speaker and can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at PenNhnd@aol.com or you can go to her official website.
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