“He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” –Proverbs 2:7-8 

We have no reason to doubt this verse. The Bible is full of examples of how the God of Israel was a shield (as when He separated the Egyptians from the Israelites by a pillar of cloud and fire in Exodus 14:19-24), and how He guarded the course of the just (like when He foiled the plans of Paul’s persecutors to waylay him on the way to Jerusalem in Acts 23:12-33), and God has repeatedly protected His saints (as seen in Peter’s deliverance from execution in Acts 12:3-17 and in Elisha’s protection from the Arameans in 2 Kings 6:13-18).

“He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.” –Proverbs 2:7-8 

Now, that being said, know that you must do everything in your power to walk in the will of God. If you live in obedience to His will as revealed in the Scripture and if you obey what He leads you to do by His Spirit (which will never conflict with Scripture) then you are in the right place. If you willfully disobey what God has told you to do in the Scripture then you are placing yourself in danger by not submitting to the authority of God. The LORD still heard King Jehoshaphat’s cry and saved him out of his distress in that battle at Ramoth Gilead (2 Chronicles 18:31) but Jehoshaphat was not supposed to be there in the first place (2 Chronicles 19:2). Disobedience to the known will or warning of God caused the death of many others: the man of God from Judah (1 Kings 13:16-24), King Saul (1 Chronicles 10:13), Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) and so on. Therefore, obedience and prayer are vital.

Gaurdian Louis Gervais

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