Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and
eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
We live in violent times. The American Bar Association claims that crimes involving guns, drugs
and juveniles are putting an unprecedented crunch on the nation's courts. Every 22 seconds
someone in the United States is beaten, stabbed, shot, robbed, raped or killed. Nearly two million
people every year become violent-crime victims.
Lot lived in violent times as well. Fortunately, he had an uncle with his own private army. When
Abraham learned that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah had been conquered and all their people
taken captive, including his nephew, Lot, he armed his private militia. In a brilliant piece of
military strategy, he overtook the enemy forces and surprised them at night. When morning
arrived, the adversary was on the run and all were rescued, including Lot.
Most of us do not have relatives who can muster a private army. But Christians have something
even better—we have the Lord. The psalmist says, "The angel of the Lord encamps all around
those who fear Him, and delivers them" (Ps. 34:7).
And again God's Word reminds us, "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in
all your ways" (Ps. 91:11). Every believer dwells in the midst of God's protective care as
represented by His angels.
When you find yourself beginning to be afraid, remind yourself that God's army is with you.
God’s angels stand guard over you. No enemy can ever truly harm you. The mighty army of the
Lord has your safety as its responsibility. Don't be afraid. Remember Psalm 56:3: "Whenever I
am afraid, I will trust in You."
OUR SAFETY RESTS NOT IN THE ABILITY OF MAN BUT IN THE ARMY OF GOD.