Our heavenly fatheroffers us incredible security and peace from the evils of this world. Through His divine care and intervention, we can live in a bubble of protection from the bad things that go on around us and that could also happen to us if He wasn’t constantly keeping them at bay.
God can protect us from anything, but only when we give Him our cooperation. We do that by staying close to Him in spirit—by loving Him and doing our best to live by the principles He’s laid out in His Word—and by taking the necessary physical precautions. When we do those things, we have nothing to fear and can count on Him to deliver us from harm.
Every so often we read or hear about some happening that defies reason, like this personal account by Activated correspondent Misty Kay in Taiwan:
Debbie, who one month ago prayed with me to receive Jesus as her Savior, is overcoming a supposedly incurable disease—hepatitis C. Her condition was complicated by more than 10 years of heroin addiction. Her doctors couldn’t promise that she would live from one day to the next. Since I prayed with her for her healing, her blood has normalized to the point that her doctors have discontinued her medication. When I first met her, she couldn’t make it through a short conversation without nodding off a few times. Now she’s a picture of energy! She gets up at 5:45 each morning, takes her little girl to school, makes it through the entire day without a nap, and does many other things that were impossible for her before.
—Terry Rondell, USA
Psalm 34:10: The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lordshall not lack any good thing.
Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Romans 8:32: He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
I have promised miracles to those who love and follow Me, and I can deliver on that promise. My power is limitless. According to your need and the situation, I will do wondrous things for you and through you.
In order to see these manifestations of My power, only one thing is required of you: faith. You must believe that I am able to work the miracle and ask Me to do it, and then expect that I will. When you ask in faith, I am bound by My word to give you what you need. It might not always be what you think you need, but I will always rescue, protect, supply for you, or resolve the problem some other way, as I know is best. Sometimes it will be an overt miracle, where there is no doubt that I have answered your prayer, but other times it won’t be so obvious.
The three women were frantic. Stopped at a petrol station, they were now running back and forth between their car and the cashier, who was inside. When one of the women passed the stand where I was selling books, I asked her if there was anything I could do to help.
“We lost our car keys!” she exclaimed. “We’ve looked everywhere, and they’re gone. We’ll need to find a locksmith and have him make another key.”
As soon as I got connected to the Internet, dozens of messages that had piled up in cyberspace while I’d been traveling from the Middle East to Europe flooded my inbox. I wearily started separating junk mail from the real thing, and in the process was surprised to find a note from someone I hadn’t heard from in a long while. It read, in part:
If faith no larger than a mustard seed can move a mountain (Matthew 17:20), you figure that your faith must be small indeed, because your prayers seem to go unanswered. That can be disheartening, I know, but it shouldn’t stop you from asking Me for a miracle when you need one.
There are a couple of things you should know about faith: First, it’s not something you can earn or muster up yourself, but it’s a gift from your heavenly Father. Second, like a muscle, faith needs nourishment and exercise to grow. That spiritual nourishment comes from reading and absorbing God’s Word. You exercise your faith by acting on it. So nourish and put your faith to work daily through your prayers and actions.
“I’ve missed my bus again,” sighed Miguel, who was working later than usual.
Just then Pablo came into the office. “I thought you went home a while ago,” Miguel said. “Why did you come back?”
“I forgot my Bible,” Pablo answered, “and now I see that I’ve missed the bus too!”
Just then they heard the screech of brakes and tires, followed by a loud crash. There had been a serious accident!
Miguel and Pablo were shocked to learn what had happened. The brakes had failed on a freight truck loaded with iron as the truck started down a steep hill. The driver lost control and it crashed into the very bus that the two of them usually rode! Twelve people died and 35 were badly injured.