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Hi Bob, isn't God "Sovereign" and doesn't He protect His people supernaturally?


Yes, absolutely, I believe the Bible teaches that God is Sovereign, and He protects His people supernaturally.

But, I also see the principle in the New Testament that God requires us to do what we can do and He does FOR us the things we cannot do for ourselves.

We have a good illustration in Acts 12:7 & 8, where Peter was in chains, and in Jail:

Acts 12:7 "Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands.
8 Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me."

The Angel "whacked" Peter on his side to wake him up, then knocked the chains off of his hands - the things Peter could not do for himself - then the angel said "dress yourself and put on your sandals and your garment, and follow me" - the things Peter COULD do for himself.

I know a fine Christian lady who was single, and a business owner, and she lived on a one mile dead end road. She enjoyed jogging the one mile from her home to the highway and back. She was often advised that she needed to have a weapon, a dog, a friend, or some form of protection when she jogged. Her smiling answer was often "I have Jesus, that's all I need". Well, you can see what's coming, she was picked up and driven home and tied up and forced to open her safe and tell where all the valuables were in her house. Fortunately, and I am sure that this is where God stepped in, she was not physically harmed. "Self defense" takes on a new meaning after a person has gone through a trauma such as this.

Psalm 34:7 states "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them". I believe this with every fiber of my being, but, we must remember that this was written by David, who carried a sword, and was trained to use it.

David also wrote these three verses:

2 Samuel 22:35 "He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms".
And again in Psalms 18:34 "He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms".
Psalms 144:1 A Psalm of David. "Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight".

Someone said that God has given us a "6th sense" - "COMMON SENSE", to keep the other five from making a fool out of ourselves!

These certainly are "perilous times", as Paul states in 2 Timothy 3:1 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come".

I pray that none of us has to learn the "self defense" lesson the hard way, and that the American people will stand strong against any form of tyrannical government.

Thank you for the question,