“The Best Protection I Know”

I have a limited ability to protect myself, my loved ones, and my family in Christ. But I try. I try to protect my family from physical and financial hardship. I try to protect them from molestation or attack. I try to keep them from sin. And I try to protect them from disease.

As I strap on the newest weapon in my arsenal, my facemask, I try to protect myself and those around me. Wearing the mask is a simple thing and its efficacy is debatable. I wish I could do more.

Protecting friends and loved ones from earthly perils is an important purpose in my life, but not the main one. My main purpose is to lead friends and loved ones to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, knowing that for each of us being “in Christ” is the ultimate protection.

The Book of Revelation describes the perils of earthly life in a variety of figurative ways. The four horsemen of the apocalypse, colored white, red, black, and pale, stand for wars, violence, famine, and death. The sixth seal is associated with natural disasters; earthquake, darkness, falling stars. The seven trumpets indicate fires, hail-storms, fires, and such. The message of revelation is that, in the midst of all these challenges and difficulties, we are protected and delivered if we are in Christ.

In the eighth chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Romans he explained the glory to come for each child of God outshines and outweighs the terrible trials of this world (Romans 8:18). So much so, that we can’t even compare the two. It’s not even close.

I will keep trying to protect loved ones from earthly woes. But sharing the eternal protection found in a right relationship with God the Father through God the Son is most import purpose in my life, and the best protection I know.