God and I argued about my topic today. Well, mostly me. The rest of February, we will deal with the topic of injustice and imbalanced scales which seems to be at a tipping point right now in several places around the world.
Today though, someone reading this is especially on God’s heart. Someone needs assurance of God’s love and protection. He wants you to understand the connection between wisdom and protection.
So, here’s God’s post, in my frail words. It’s prompted by this key question: What is the connection between wisdom and God’s protection?
Remember again, Proverbs are not promises. They are principles of life, which God inspired Solomon to observe and write about, that are generally true. In other words, when you follow the paths of wisdom, it’s reasonable to expect that God’s love and protection will surround and shield you since this is what Solomon observed in the life of God’s people. Here’s what I saw in Proverbs verses on this topic.
Wisdom is not just the smart way to live, it’s the safe way.
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you,” Proverbs 4:6 ESV.
“Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you,” Proverbs 2:11 ESV.
In my teen years, my family lived on a country road with a long, straight section. Boys from church quickly volunteered to take Sharon home from parties for the chance to drive their muscle cars down that straightaway. I remember tearing down that road over 120 miles an hour, music blaring, laughing our heads off. Thank God for guardian angels. The wrong encounter with a deer or wayward car and I might not be sitting here today.
Do you remember hair-raising and foolish things you did in your younger years? Why don’t you do those things anymore? Because you wised up and realized they were stupid! Think we aren’t still capable of doing dumb stuff? We are, it’s just more subtle. Anytime we disregard a command of God, we walk away from wisdom’s protection. God’s protection. They are synonymous. Commands and principles concerning:
Refusing to tithe
Refusing to forgive
Fretting and worrying
Being too fearful to share Christ with friends and family
Skipping prayer and Bible study
Lying-even little “white” ones
And lots more
Every time we go against Wisdom’s ways, synonymous we are screaming down sin’s road at 100 miles an hour. We are an accident waiting to happen. Some of you need to make that connection today. The reason you might not be sensing God’s love and protection could be some sin that needs to be dealt with.
Wisdom teaches us that God’s laws and boundaries create the safe place for us, but we must choose to stay in it.
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him,” Proverbs 30:5 ESV.
“For he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones,” Proverbs 2:8 ESV.
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10.
“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,” Proverbs 2:7 ESV.
Wisdom wants to teach us that Gods principles are like bricks that build a strong castle around every believer or if you like the other word picture better, cover us with a shield. Sensing the power of God’s love and protection is inseparable from remaining inside the boundaries he creates for us. I can hear your objections and skepticism. You might be saying, “Hey, I stayed inside God’s boundaries and yet…
I lost my job.”
I lost my loved one.”
I can’t afford my medication.”
My loved one died in an accident.”
My furnace broke.”
(You fill in yours here)
God didn’t protect me from any of that, did he?”
I’ve said some of the same things to God in the past. Reread Proverbs 30:5 again. Is every word of God true or not? We know by faith the answer is yes. What would wisdom tell us to do when what we are experiencing doesn’t line up with what God’s word says about his love and protection?
Let me start my answer with a series of questions. Where was God’s love and protection when Jesus was tortured and murdered? Was it invalidated or ineffective in some way? Did Jesus promise us we would have troubles in this world just as he did? (John 16:33) Which do you think is God’s top priority, to protect your earthly body or protect your eternal soul?
The strong tower Solomon alludes to in Proverbs 18:10, the same one his father refers to in Psalm 18:2, I think is primarily to keep our souls safe. Of course, God protects us in the physical dimensions. All of us have testimonies to that effect. In general, unless God is taking a believer through a Job season, I believe we are kept safe from thousands of physical dangers every day that we know nothing about. As his children, we are protected by his own heavenly security team. Yet, sometimes we are not, for either his divine kingdom purposes or because of our own sins or the sins of others. This is a fact of our fallen world. It does not cancel out the power of God’s love and protection over our lives.
Consider this though, who puts our souls in danger? Not God. We put our souls in danger when we sin. We put our souls in danger when we doubt God’s character and his Word and allow unbelief to run our lives. THIS is the purpose of the strong tower and the shield!
When the world beats us up with its sorrow and garbage, we can keep our souls safe inside God’s strong tower of truth and wisdom.
When our bodies are ravaged by sickness, accidents or diseases, and faith is sorely tried, our souls can be shielded under God’s love and protection.
Inside the tower, there is safety.
Under the shield, there is peace.
Staying inside of God’s protection is our choice. Wisdom calls us, making roads to the castle with her counsel and advice. She leaves footprints for us to follow when our old natures want to take us down paths of doubt, unbelief, skepticism, cynicism, and self-pity.
Stay inside God’s boundaries, in his tower, under his shield. That is where we will feel loved and protected.