Does being a child of God protect me from all trouble?


By BibleAsk Team

Children of God

Being a child of God does not necessarily exempt one or protect him from all trouble, but it gives him the strength to endure. The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalms 34:19). However, it has been recognized that the afflictions of the Christian are less than those of the non-Christian. For the latter suffer the deadly effects of sin. On the other hand, there are great benefits to the rightouss that can be gained in this life.  “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree” (Psalm 92:12; 5:12; Proverbs 11:21).

Promises of Protection

The Lord said, “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:1,2).

God’s children have the comforting assurance that He will be with them to help and to deliver when they face the most difficult situations. “The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17). God protects His faithful children from their enemies and watches over them (Matthew 10:28–30).

The children of the Lord were not promised freedom from trials and tribulation, but help and final liberation. “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever” (Psalm 37:29). At different times ancient Israel had passed “through fire and through water,” but the Almighty saved them. And today, He assures His faith children that even though they may go through hardships, He will surely deliver them (Psalm 23).

David wrote, “You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment” (Psalm 66:12). The Lord will not leave His children alone to fight the powers of darkness. He will deliver and bless them. He will “surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).

Growth Through Troubles

In the unconverted man, who has not been born again of the Holy Spirit, trials and rejection often produce only impatience and rebellion (Matthew 13:21). But in those who are converted by the Holy Spirit, trials produce patience and strength (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Paul wrote, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3,4). The apostle could say these words with confidence for he knew this truth from personal experience (2 Corinthians 11:23–27).

Patient endurance of trials refines the believer’s faith. Out of these experiences, the children of God obtain purity. For hope and faith grow when they are tested by fire. The experience of Job illustrates how the severe chastisement of character can empower the faith of a true believer (Job 40; 42).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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