Shielded by God’s Power
“This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:4-5 NIV)
We are on a journey from the time we get saved until our lives are over here on earth and we go and spend the rest of eternity with the Lord. On that journey, we encounter mountains, valleys, trials, and attacks of the enemy. But the apostle Peter, continuing his thought on the living hope we have through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the inheritance that is kept in heaven for us, tells us that we are being shielded by God’s power on our journey here on earth. God has the power to keep us strong and protected from the devil’s schemes. It is not our own power that can achieve this; it is only God’s power that can keep us!
But what is the button that turns on that power that we need in our daily lives? Peter says that it is “through faith.” It’s not through self-effort that you get power. You get it when you say, “God, I can’t make it without you! You said you’d never leave me nor forsake me! Your Word says that you’re rich in mercy, Lord!” You tap into God’s power when you trust him to do it instead of depending on your own devices.
To trust simply means to lean on, to rely upon. You can put your trust in the Lord, because he is a Rock, immovable; he doesn’t give way when you lean on him. When you feel the weakest, you’re actually the strongest, because you’re more apt to trust in God. And when you trust in God, his power is released in your life.
So stop fretting and worrying and making vain promises that you can’t keep. Remember that everything we have is received by faith. Let’s stand on that promise from the apostle Peter’s first New Testament letter. Let’s tell the Lord: “I’m going to trust you today! Help me, by faith, to receive joy instead of depression, and peace instead of agitation. I don’t have to panic and be afraid; for as I trust in you, your power will shield me today and always. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Read 1 Peter 1:4-12.