Today’s Scripture: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11

Looking in a dictionary, we find the following definitions for a shield:

1: a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm
2: one that protects or defends
3: a device or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier

Imagine having a member of the secret service following you around and protecting you from physical harm each day. You would definitely feel like a VIP! Christian, you are very important – especially to God. He not only made you, but sent His Son to pay the penalty for your sins and adopted you into His family. And now we see from this verse that He provides greater protection than any Secret Service agent could ever give. How amazing it is to have the LORD act as our shield!

Shields often take a beating in order to protect just as Jesus Christ took a beating for mankind to rescue us while we were at our worst. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Romans 5:8 echoes, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Many Christians have unrealistic expectations in thinking that since the LORD is their shield, no harm will ever come their way. There is often an assumption that they will be protected from everything and live out their Christian life in ease and comfort.

This is not the real Christian life. Without trials and adversity, how can we grow in faith? If we never have a hard-hitting trial, we wouldn’t have a reason to diligently search His Word and seek His face for assistance. How would we mature as Christians and see all the Lord has truly done for, in, and through us if we never face adversities? Look at the life of Job. He faced many trials. I am sure he often thought His Shield had failed or forsaken him. In Job chapters 38-41, we see God clearly challenging Job to see the big picture: to see himself as he really is and to see God as He magnificently is. Clearly His Shield had been there all along! God did not owe Job an apology for his adversities; God was using them in Job’s life. I am often moved and remember Job’s response in Job 42:2-3 when I question adversities in my life. “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.”

The LORD God is the perfect shield. When we find ourselves with the faulty view that “blows” got past Our Shield, it’s imperative to remember the big picture! God allows certain trials in our lives to mold us for the incredible purpose He has for us!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.