Why it’s important that we seek God’s protection while taking all the precautions we can during these perilous times.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand [the side not carrying a shield] Psalms 121:5 (AMPC)
In ancient Israel, a warrior on the battlefield usually carries a few basic weapons to either attack or defend. A shield on the left hand and spear or a sword on his right formed the basic weapons for the battle. On the battlefield, he attacks with his right hand and defends with his left hand. But there is a side on which he is totally unprotected. That’s the side on the right hand where there is no shield for protection or defense.
The Psalmist pronounces a blessing in Psalms 121:5 saying the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The Amplified Bible expands to include that it’s the side where there is no shield for protection.
The beauty of God’s protection In our lives is that He is our shield on the unprotected side.
It’s necessary that we use our wisdom and experience to take all the precautions for protection In our daily life, like driving within the speed limits, preparing for an important presentation, and in these recent times of the Covid-19 pandemic – wearing masks, sanitizing your hands, practicing social distancing while venturing out. But when the enemy exploits the unprotected side of preparation/precaution to attack, God himself is our only protection then.
This is the reason that our methods of precaution and self-protection are necessary but at the same time, it’s all in vain because unless God protects our own methods will fail to protect us, as Solomon wisely points out that “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.” (Psalms 127:1).
Trusting in God, we should take all the precautions we can, but our protection comes only from the Lord.
“No man is wise at all times, or is without his blind side” – Desiderius Erasmus