WILL PROTECT YOU
By Faith Ogbewe
Pioneer Valley Church of Christ
The Fear: “God will leave me unprotected”
We live in a fallen world where we are exposed to dangers both physically, emotionally, psychology and spiritually. The knowledge of this can produce a deep sense of fright and terror with no relief. With so many unknowns in the world how can I live a life not controlled by my fear of danger? Who can possibly rescue me from my fear of being left unprotected and uncared for?
The Promise: “I will protect your eternal future”
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
As a child I felt the most protected by parents and the safe structures they put in place as well as the safety and structure I felt while being in school. As I grew older, I realized that the world was not quite as safe as I had originally thought. There was way more room for random accidents, pain and grief. Some were predictable and others felt like they came out of left field. Either way the only thing that I found guaranteed was change itself.
As an adult in this world one of the answers to life’s unpredictability is insurance. You essentially pay for a policy that pays out in case the thing we fear or anticipate happening actually happens. Sometimes though, depending on how many accidents or unexpected misfortunes befall us, those same insurance companies can decide they don’t want to cover parts or any of those fearfully anticipated events. How ironic, right?
While I have become more accustomed to change, I found there in the midst that God wanted me to have biblical hope in something that could not be subject to the change of this world – the very salvation of my soul. God doesn’t promise us a life free from trials and hardships, but he does promise that he’ll protect our eternal futures if we choose to place our faith in him. When we are baptized into Christ, we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and this guarantees that he will “give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.” It ensures that this inheritance, “can never perish, spoil or fade” and that it is “kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” God has given us the best possibly protection, better than any insurance policy we could get here on earth. We have the ultimate protection if we have been baptized into Christ and continue to take him at his word, the word that promises us his Holy Spirit now and eternal life in Him when He returns.
Search your heart. Where does your greatest security lie? Is it in your insurance policy or 401K? Or is it in the guarantee of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
Challenge: Do you have the gift of The Holy Spirit? Both the scriptures reference praising God or being “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” Praise God whether through word or song today for the gift of his Holy Spirit!
Dear Heavenly Father thank you so much for being intentional about my eternal future and making a way to guarantee it by your grace. I know this world can be unpredictable, but I thank you that I can rest assured because you have given me your Holy Spirit as a guarantee. The indwelling of your Holy Spirit ensures that I will be with you at the end of the age as I continue to remain faithful to you and your promises. Help me, Lord, to put my hope in you and your promises and not in any earthly assurance or worldly insurances. Amen.
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