God Promises to Protect and Guard Us. God is Our Keeper.
God promises to protect, guard and watch over us. God is our keeper. There is a story that has been told of a missionary in North Africa, named Frederick Nolan. Frederick was fleeing persecution from his enemies. He was exhausted so he went into a small cave to rest and hide from his pursuers. When Frederick entered the cave, a spider began to weave a web across the mouth of the cave. Frederick could hear his persecutors close by and he thought for sure they were going to find him in the cave and kill him. But to his surprise, his pursuers did not enter the cave. On seeing the unbroken web across the mouth of the cave, they figured he was not there and continued on their hot pursuit. God protected Frederick from his enemies that day. God is our keeper.
Keep means to guard, to protect, to take care of. God our Heavenly Father promises to guard, to protect and to take care of us. From the very beginning of time, God promised us that He would take care of us. When He created the earth, He prepared it to sustain us. God placed the constellations in the sky at the right distance to sustain life on the earth. Genesis 1:14-19. God created all the plants and the vegetation and the animals first, then He created mankind. He created the earth to sustain us. Genesis 1:29-31.
Even after Adam and Eve sinned and was banned from the garden, God still kept them. He covered their nakedness with animal skins and even though He pronounced a curse upon them, He still put in place a plan for our redemption. Genesis 3:15. God is our keeper.
In Noah's day when God was grieved and regretted that He had made mankind, He put in place a plan to keep and preserve humanity and the animals. Genesis 6:1-8. However, God kept Noah and his family. He told him to build an ark and it was their means of escape from the flood. When Noah and his family came out of the ark, God gave mankind the permission to eat the animals for food because all the vegetation on the earth had been destroyed by the flood waters. Genesis 9:1-4. God is our keeper.
God kept the nation of Israel, His chosen people. God kept Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the patriarchs. He provided for them and watched over them. He preserved Jacob and the twelve tribes by sending Joseph into Egypt to preserve them through the famine that came upon that region. God delivered the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt after 400 years. He kept them through the wilderness for 40 years. He was the cloud by day and the fire by night. God promised them that His presence would go with them and that He would never leave them nor forsake them. God promised to destroy the nations that were in the promised land and that He would protect and keep them. Deuteronomy 31:3-6.
God kept His promise and kept the Israelites. He fed them supernaturally with manna and quail and quenched their thirst with water from the Rock. Deuteronomy 29:5. God kept Israel then and He continues to do so today. Psalm 121. God promises to keep us also. We have been grafted into spiritual Israel through the blood of Jesus and we are now children of God. John 1:12.
Just as God kept Israel, God promises to protect us too. Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:6-16 to protect and keep us. John 10:27-30. No one can pluck us out of God's hands. God promises to protect, to guard and to watch over us. When Stephen was martyred for his faith, God still kept him although he was murdered. At his death, Stephen looked up into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Acts 7:54-60. Yes, Stephen died physically, but God kept his soul and brought him safely to heaven. God still kept him although he was murdered because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That is why Jesus tells us not to fear man but to fear Him instead. Matthew 10:28-31.
As we hear of wars and rumors of war and we see all the end time prophecies unfolding, God reminds us not to fear. Instead, He commands us in Joshua 1:9 to be strong and courageous. In Mark 4:35, Jesus got into a boat and told his disciples, "Let's cross over to the other side of the lake." While they were crossing the lake, a fierce storm arose and threatened their lives. Jesus rebuked the storm and kept the disciples all the way over to the other side of the lake. God is in the boat of life with us, and He promises to keep us as we journey to the other side of eternity with him. God is our keeper.
- Dionne Cameron