Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Forth In Thy Name"1 (Lyrics)
Recently, I received a telephone call about home protection service. I listened for a while and then declined their offer. I did look up some of the various alarm systems available, with sensors, cameras, wireless communication, and security panels. In short, all of them offer protection against break-ins into one's home.
All this reminded me of a period last year when, in our quiet little town, there were a number of daylight robberies. The local newspaper reported that an older couple were in their home with the doors unlocked, and a couple of men came in, threatened them, and demanded their jewellery. Another couple were working in their garden behind the house, and someone came in through the front door and stole their jewellery and some easy-to-carry items. There were a number of these types of robberies within a short period of time. The perpetrators were apprehended, and the items stolen were recovered. But the police urged residents always to lock our doors, even when we are at home, to lock our cars all the time, and to do anything that we can to keep our properties safe from intruders.
It is amazing how often we are told to worry about human intruders into our lives, but not about the spiritual things that can be stolen from us. There are temptations all around us, but it seems that we are not warned against these, and I hate to say it, even in the church, such dangers are not mentioned very often. But the Bible says:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (NKJV)
But the Bible also tells us that all who will listen to the Word of God and obey it will be protected in perilous times indeed.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (NKJV)
Think about it: Through modern technology and good sense, we can protect our personal belongings, and through God's Word, we can protect our spiritual well-being.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we are so thankful for the words of Scripture which tell us that through faith we are protected from the evils of the world. It is our prayer that more people would believe this. We offer this prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.