God Protects His Servants
God protects His servants twenty-four seven. There are occasions and circumstances when it seems to us like God is not protecting us. When Christians are persecuted so powerfully that they are killed it can seem to us like He let down His guard.
Isaiah 57:1: The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
He takes His children to Heaven which is far better than this life. He rewards them and protects them from further persecution when their work on earth is done. When Christians* health is destroyed by their persecutors it can seem to us like God did not protect them.
Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
James 1:3: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
God promises blessings from persecution. One of the blessings is patience. It could seem to us like Paul*s persecution and the persecution of believers throughout the Bible did them harm.
2 Corinthians 11:24: Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
Paul suffered more than any believer we know of. Consider some of the other things he wrote.
Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We remove ourselves from God*s protection when we sin, when we go our own way, when we disobey Him, when we get out of His purpose for us. No one can remove us from His protection except us ourselves.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I have suffered very little compared to others, but God knows that we need some persecution. And He knows exactly how much of it each of us needs. It is evidence that we are serving Him. Persecution can increase our assurance that we are His children and we are serving Him. It worked that way for me. It strengthened me, increased my assurance and proved to me that I was in His will. I want His protection and I want to serve Him. His protection and serving Him go together.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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