Your Shield

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Last week I watched our littlest fur baby suffer before passing away. It was just awful, and I cried out to God asking, “Why don’t you do something?” I realized I was mad at God all over again. (See more here.)

But before I could look back at the past and focus on the other times I’d watched loved ones suffer from cancer or the times we lost other fur babies to sickness and disease, before I could really start questioning God and start pointing my finger at Him (forgive me, Lord), I heard His still, small voice whisper:

“He’s after your faith.”

I’d heard God whisper those very words to me another time in my life when I had too many questions and not enough answers. And when those questions came fast, leaving holes of doubt burning in my heart with no answers to act as salve, I became an easy target.

Satan is after my faith. Perhaps he’s after yours too. He knows if he can get our faith, if he can take our shield of faith, then we’re open to whatever he throws at us. We’ll be exposed and he can pierce our lives with his lies, causing us to pull away from God.

That’s just what Satan wants to do and he will fight as dirty as he needs to so we will turn away from God.  He will attack us when we’re empathizing, when we’re in agony over someone else’s suffering. We feel helpless while we feel their pain. We hurt with them, crying out for mercy, and we wait for it to come. (It’s like holding your breath for too long while you’re under water and your chest starts to burn.)  We’re physically drained and mentally exhausted so we loosen our grip on our faith.  In that very moment Satan strikes with a fierce lie:  God doesn’t care. It’s a poisonous lie from the father of lies that will spread if you don’t see it for the deceptive trash that it is.

My friend, God DOES care. He knows when a sparrow falls. He created everything on this great big planet and knows their intricacies.  Those gossamer wings of a butterfly, the highest peak of a snowcapped mountain, they have His touch.  Your tender heart, the way things move you to tears and hurt you deeply, He created those fragile and delicate areas in you. He knows how to comfort you and love you when you agonize in those places.

I realized something when I fell apart last week: God strengthens our faith and protects us while we’re hurting. When we’re too weak to lift our shield or to carry our faith another step, He doesn’t just walk away, leaving us slumped on the floor alone and in tears.  He comes to us, meets us right there on the floor, and covers us with His arms and reminds us:

“I am your shield.”

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” (Psalm 28:7a NIV.)

 

 

14 thoughts on “Your Shield

    1. Oh, my dear Sister in Christ. You’re very welcome. I know I needed it too. Whatever you’re going through, just know He is your shield and He will help you. God bless you.

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  1. Joey – thank you for this timely post – some days I seem to need more than just the sheild – I need the whole armour of God as written in Ephesians 6 – My crazy colorful battle socks are helpful too xo

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    1. You’re so very welcome, Debra. Thank YOU for reading. And I agree…I think we all need every piece of that awesome armor every day. This was just the piece the enemy was after on that particular day(s). Glad the colorful “battle” socks are helping…I love that! God bless you, my fellow battle-sock wearing Sister in Christ!

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  2. This week God has been dealing with my faith and then I read this which is right on time as well. Great explanation of our shield and what satan attempts to do. If he can get us to focus on the “why” and the doubt of a situation then he catches us with our shield down.

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  3. I’m sorry about your little fur baby; I’ll be praying for you. ❤ I've lost three cats this year and one cat seems to have run away, so I know how hard it is.

    What you said about Him being our shield reminds me of Ephesians 6:11: "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

    Thanks for the reminder that God cares! ❤

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    1. Oh my, I’m so sorry for YOUR loss. That sounds a lot like what happened to us years ago. We had three cats and three dogs. All passed within about a year and our last cat ran off. That is so painful. I will be praying for you (and I really appreciate your prayers too). I’m glad you saw the reference to Ephesians 6 and the armor of God. 🙂 I prayed about using that Scripture as well and felt God leading to keep the focus on Him as our ultimate Shield. So, I kept hinting to the shield of faith, keeping it in there, but making sure God is known as our Shield, the One who protects when we’re too weak or in too much pain to lift that shield of faith. He really does care, and I’m thankful He reminded me of that truth. (I’d been crying on the floor the day our fur baby passed and while writing this I realized God was holding me right there on the floor.) Praying it comforts YOU as well, to know when you’re hurting with the loss of your fur babies, God is right there with you…holding you. God bless you always.

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      1. Thanks! 🙂 It was hard, but I’m doing okay now.

        Aww, I’m sorry that happened to you too. **hugs**

        Thank you for the prayers, and I’ll be praying for you too. ❤

        Oh! 🙂 And what an amazing Shield He is. ❤

        Aww, I'm sorry. But He is so good to be there for us to comfort us when we need Him!

        It does! 🙂 ❤

        God bless you always as well! ❤

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  4. You may certainly ask (and thank you for asking!) I’m doing so much better this week. There are still moments when it’s hard, when I think about our little guy and I’m sad he’s gone. BUT I know he’s much better now and not suffering. God is so gentle, isn’t He? He helps us through a day at a time, holding us close when we struggle. Thank you SOOO very much for your prayers! I felt every one. 😉 Blessings to you, my dear friend, and praying you are doing well too.

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