Memorize this verse by saying it 15 times.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
We talked in a previous lesson about how the Word of God is pure, clean and holy. There is nothing like it! And EVERY word of God is pure. There is not one verse or one word that is evil. It is ALL pure and clean.
Well, what about the verses and parts of the Bible where God commanded Moses or Joshua to destroy a city and to kill every living thing in it from the men, to the women, to the children, to even the animals? How is that pure and clean?
When you begin to study these ancient people, you find that they were very evil and wicked. They worshipped idols or false gods and as part of their worship they would sacrifice and burn their innocent babies to death in fire. Some of the things they did in the name of worshipping their gods we cannot even discuss here because they are so evil including prostitution, bestiality (which explains why God told them to kill the animals), pornography, promiscuity and even religous orgies. If you do not know what these things are, don’t worry. You really do not even want to know. Your parents can decide if you are old enough.
They also held a very low value on human life and just about anything was okay – including murder. Many also practiced witchcraft and trying to work magic through devils. This is why God told the Israelites to destroy these nations. They had become so evil that God commanded Israel to completely destroy them. Judgment came just like in Noah’s day before the flood.
This verse also says that God is a SHIELD unto them that put their trust in him. Here is a picture of a man holding a shield below. A shield is something that protects someone during battle. The shield below is a medium-sized shield but some warriors and armies in history have used shields that were large enough to cover your entire body.
This is why it is so important to trust in the LORD. When you trust in God, he protects you from so many things. Are you going to have a perfect life with zero problems? Of course not. But the amount of problems and trouble you have are going to be much less when you trust in God.
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:16 that the enemy tries to throw and shoot fiery darts or arrows at us. So imagine it like this. You are going through your day and the enemy tries to throw a fiery problem at you. Maybe it is something bad like something you should not look at. Or maybe somebody tries to say something to make you mad. But when you trust in God, he protects you and gives you the power to do the right thing.
One time I was riding down the road with my aunt, uncle and brother. We were in the backseat and it was winter time in Oklahoma. There was a lot of ice on the road, and we were trying to drive very safely. My aunt and uncle had grown up in Oklahoma so they were used to this. We came to a stoplight and my aunt hit the brakes and the car would not stop. We continued to slide forward on the ice.
Now when this happens in an older car, you are supposed to flutter the brakes (hit them rapidly over and over again) to help it stop. Newer cars do this for you automatically. I’m sure she did this but we continued to slide forward. It was night time and dark, and the BAD news was that we continued to slide forward into the middle of the intersection where cars were coming from the other direction!
I remember looking out the window and there was a car coming straight toward us. I could see the headlights in my eyes, and it was close and moving fast! We yelled “Jesus” and somehow we suddenly moved forward incredibly fast right out of the incoming car’s way. Of course, we know the “somehow” was God working a miracle protecting us. He was a shield for us and moved us out of harm’s way even though physically and scientifically there was NO WAY that could have happened.
Another time, some people in my family were driving and they looked up in the rearview mirror just in time to see a car coming from behind them moving VERY fast and straight towards them. There was nowhere for it to go because there were cars in the lanes beside them. It was going to crash into them from behind very shortly, probably killing everyone. They yelled “Jesus” and they said the next thing they knew was the car was in front of them speeding away. It had gone straight through their vehicle!
These stories may sound incredible because they are! God is a shield and protector for those that trust in him! So maybe the next time you are in trouble and don’t know what to do – just call on “JESUS”!
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