Divine Protection For Perilous Times
During the time of Jesus, a shepherd would lay down his life for his sheep. He loved his sheep so much and took such responsibility for their well-being that he would be willing to pay any price to protect them from evil and supply their needs. Each day, his major concern was the welfare of his sheep, which he placed above his own. And for that reason, exposed as a sheep was to all types of dangers and being so defenseless, having a good shepherd watching over it was absolutely the best thing that could ever happen to a sheep.
Now, listen to these precious words taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29 KJV)
He calls you and me, “My sheep.” Then, He tells us His Father gave Him to us. He invokes the very personal, loving relationship that existed between a Middle Eastern shepherd and his flock, and applies it to our relationship with Him.
We know His voice and He knows us, and we follow Him–that is His way of saying we belong to Him and He will watch over us forever and take care of us, for He is the Good Shepherd. That is His way of saying He takes personal responsibility for our welfare, and that He will pay any price to ensure we are protected and provided for.
And then He makes a bold promise. His sheep will never perish, be destroyed, or cease to be. Never!
But how can He be so certain? Doesn’t He know how evil the world is? Doesn’t He know how defenseless we are? Yes, He knows, but He also knows Whom He is and what He does to ensure that His sheep is protected and will never perish.
First, He gives to every sheep of His, “eternal life”–a type of life that goes on and on and can never cease to be. It is a life that continues forever without the possibility of ever ending. If you are His sheep, this is the type of indestructible life you have inside of your spirit right now.
Second, He places us in His hands and thus ensures no one would ever be able to separate us from Him to do us harm. And, as if this alone is not enough, His Father, who gave Him to us to be our Shepherd, also has us in His hands. Anyone or thing wanting to harm us must first be able to snatch us out of the hands of both the Father and the Son. That’s impossible! They are greater than all.
Child of God, evil will abound more and more. God knows this. He said it would as we approach the end of the Age. But because you are His sheep, you do not need to be afraid. The best thing that could have ever happened to you during these perilous times has happened. God has given you Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
Meditate on Him, not on the evil around you. Then, activate your faith in Him to protect you with your words. Declare daily, “Jesus is my Shepherd. I am safe in His powerful hands. No evil shall befall me.” When you focus on Him and confess your faith, He will fill your heart with peace and surround you with His power.