3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
The key to this verse, of course is the very first part. God is faithful. He has always met my needs. He has always been there for me, even when I took a detour.
Yes, we need the strength that only God can give.
So, what about this prayer to protect us from the evil one.
Well, we know our place or our standing in the kingdom and no one can take us away from that.
Recall that in Romans 8:38-39, Paul stated this:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
That is powerful stuff. So, when the Lord protects us from the evil one, you have no worries about being snatched from the hands of Jesus.
Now, a question that everyone is thinking is, what about evil? Will He protect us from evil? Yes, I believe He does but not always. What do I mean by that?
I would be dishonest if I didn’t acknowledge that bad and evil things happen to Christians. We live in a hopelessly fallen world. There are evil people here who are bent on creating chaos and destruction. They do bad things to people regardless of their standing in Christ.
A few verses prior to that passage above, Paul writes this:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
So, when bad people do bad things, God gives us the strength to work through it and make something good out of it.
That then leads us to another question. Should we pray for protection around people? Absolutely. For most of us, prayer and answers to prayer is still a great mystery. He heals; he doesn’t heal. He protects; he doesn’t protect. He performs miracles; he lets us work through the problem.
I didn’t mean to get bogged down in this post, but felt it needed some clarification. And that’s just my take on it. Others may very well have a different worldview on it.
But the important part again is that God is faithful. We don’t understand His ways in the least.
But we can trust Him each day to provide for us and to be our guide through this life.