Home protection devices are popular. Even if the crime rate remains unchanged people will keep buying burglar alarms and home security systems. Most people consider protection from calamity or crime to be significantly important.
But what about spiritual protection? Shrinking numbers of church members may show this is not a chief concern. In our day, spirituality is lower on our list of priorities than physical ones. But, is that right?
“In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious,” Isaiah wrote (Isaiah 4:2 NASB). The prophet saw the same thing other prophets would see (Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 3:8). He saw the descendant of David whose name would be called Jesus, the savior of his people from sin (Matthew 1:21).
A remnant would return from captivity and Jerusalem would become the city it once was, Isaiah wrote (Isaiah 4:3). The coming holy one would call on people to separate themselves from the world and become what God wanted and live apart from sin.
The rise of God’s people would recall the glory days of Israel and how God led it by a pillar of cloud by day and a column of fire at night (Isaiah 4:5). There would be refuge and protection for God’s people from the storm and the rain.
Think about this for a moment. How does God protect his people? They are made secure from the threats of sinfulness and Satan by the son of God who came to save them from their sins.
For years, Satan used the power of death against us. Death creates terrible fear. Before Christ came, avoiding death was a powerful motive. Even now some people will do anything, spend any amount of money to prevent death.
But Jesus destroyed the power Satan used to enslave us. In providing his blood as a once-for-all sacrifice for sins, Jesus took that power out of Satan’s hands. Jesus came to earth as a man and suffered the death on the cross to overcome death by resurrection showing us we will live again by the power of God.
Do you possess this wonderful security system? Isn’t this the kind of protection you need so you can live your life without fear of the unknown? You cannot buy this system, but God is willing to give it to you if you obey the gospel.