This is one of the places I go in the Bible to reassure myself of God’s arm of protection wrapped securely around me. I said before that I should’ve changed the title of this series to “Reasons For God To Put His Arm Around You.”
God wants to be close to us for many reasons. One is so he can guide us, another is so he can whisper sweet words into our ears, and still another is so he can protect us.
When I was little, I could stand on my father’s feet and he would walk with me and leave only one set of footprints. We can be like that with God. If we are so close to him that we’re covered by his shadow and our feet don’t even touch the ground, then we can rest in the protection that he provides.
If we’re walking on God’s feet, then we won’t fear “the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”
I especially like verses 14 and 15 spoken in confidence from a heart of faith as a reminder of God’s love for us.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”