Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Shield of Faith

On the news this past week here in Hawaii we saw an 83-year old man standing before the judge on trial for stabbing his wife of 58 years to death over 100 times. I have asked myself so many times, how could he do such a thing? What happened to him? What happened between the two of them that could cause such atrocious violence to occur after 58 years of marriage? We got glimpses of the reason why as the reporter held interviews from people that have mentioned years of fighting among each other. His wife came to a very bitter end of a long and bitter marriage.

Dick and I have been married 44 years and I can't even fathom that he would harm a hair on my head. I truly trust him with my very life. I know he would protect me within an inch of his own life if it was necessary. He would do all he could to shield me from danger to the maximum that was possible. Violence in the world today is becoming more and more real out there every day. We never know when we might be faced with an enemy beyond our power to save ourselves. It is most necessary to claim God's Word and ask for God's protection for us and our families each and every day. The enemy can strike in many different ways and use very deceptive tactics to destroy us. We hear of kidnappers of children, pornographers, drug deals ending in murder, teenagers stealing for drug money, rapists, child abusers, robberies, etc., not just occasionally anymore, but every day some unspeakable crime has been committed. Evil is rampant!

David in Psalm 18:2 says "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies."

In Ephesians 6, we are told to put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the devil's schemes---the master of lies and deception and evil. With that armor we are to clothe ourselves with truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. There is one piece of the armor that is the most vital---the shield of faith. This is the armor that will extinguish all the flaming arrows the enemy throws in our direction. Our faith in Almighty God truly is our protection, our refuge, our help when we need Him the most. Violence is no respecter of persons---it can strike whenever we least expect it. If we pray for God to protect us and put His hedge of love about us every morning, we can trust that He will do so. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those that fear him, and he delivers them." (Ps. 34:7) Pray for your children before they go off each morning to school. Pray for an angel to sit on the hood of your car as you drive to work. Ultimately, God alone is the victor over evil--the devil trembles at even His name. Pray for God to be your shield---He will not fail you---He is worthy of your trust and praise!

"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above my enemies who surround me" (Psalm 27:5-6a)

Keep safe and put on that shield of faith!


Anonymous said...

Thankyou Sandy, I realy apprecate your words and your work on this Thankyou Hazel

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