Remembering God’s Divine Protection
The booths that we build today for Sukkot represent the tents that God had the Israelites live in during their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness. Their tents protected them from the elements and serve as reminders of God’s divine protection of us today.
In the Scriptures, God is shown to be our protector. He has been faithful to Israel throughout history when time and time again, enemies have attempted to annihilate her. She is still here, regathered into the Land God promised to Abraham thousands of years ago. He has supernaturally preserved the Nation of His people against all earthly odds. He said that Israel would always be, and He is true to His Word.
“This is what the Lord says, He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – the Lord Almighty is His name: ‘Only if these decrees vanish from My sight,’ declares the Lord, ‘will Israel ever cease being a nation before Me.’” ––Jeremiah 31:35–36 (NIV)
This same God is protecting us today. The Psalms are filled with descriptive words revealing God’s protection. He is called a shield, fortress, stronghold, strong tower and more. (See Psalms 3:4, 62:3, 28:8 and 59:10.) The psalmists ran to Him for protection and comfort. In remembering Him, they found strength. No matter how severe a storm we’re going through, we can know God loves us and is ready to receive us into the shelter of His care.
How do God’s faithfulness and comfort strengthen you when you’re facing life’s challenges? Do you find Him to be your “strong tower”? If not, ask Him to help you know the “hiding place” of His love and protection.
“You are my hiding place – You will protect me from distress. You surround me with songs of deliverance.” ––Psalm 32:7