WE ARE COVERED.
I live in Lagos, Nigeria and right now in my country security has become a very big issue. We can no longer move around as we please without first taking into account our destination and where we might have to travel through to get there. It really is worrisome. Private homes now have fences raised high with barbed wires all around them in order to deter any potential robbers or even kidnappers. Some homes have gone as far as installing electric fences that could electrocute any trespassers. But the truth is that this is not an entirely new development. About three or more decades ago we were quite familiar with private homes being secured by guard dogs. When you walked past such a residence you would see a sign saying “so-and-so dogs on patrol.” Even way back then people were already security conscious.
So whether we put up a sign on our gates warning off thieves, or we barricade ourselves indoors with a high electric fence or we hire uniformed security personnel from an agency or we pay for armed mobile police men to guard our homes, it all boils down to the fact that no one wants to be at the mercy of armed robbers or miscreants. Yet protecting oneself and ones family from harm is hardly a new thing. It has been happening for years and it is actually a matter of great importance to God. “For the LORD will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the LORD will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.” Exodus 12: 23 NLT We see that God needed to be sure that His own people would not be harmed along with the enemy so He asked them to put a mark on their homes. It appears that there needs to be an outward mark for us to be kept safe and secure on the inside. But it is much more than that. Yes God asked them to mark their homes to distinguish them from the enemy but God desires that we are kept safe beyond us being at a particular physical location. The blood of the animal that was sprinkled to mark their homes for safety is a type and shadow of the blood of Jesus that was shed for us all. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 9:12 KJV
Let us then remember that when we plead the “blood of Jesus” what we are doing is that we are proclaiming being free from condemnation, from every penalty of sin really, because our Lord Jesus Himself has paid the price we ought to pay. And when God looks at us He no longer sees us and our sins but He sees only the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This is absolutely amazing! We now have free and direct access to God. No bouncers can keep us out!
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.” Hebrews 10:19 NLT
Now it is perfectly alright to protect our earthly possession. Some of them have cost a bundle and a fortune. However because of the blood of Jesus we now have access to “heavens most holy place;” and if that is the case then the first two verses of Psalms 91 should be our declaration all day and all night. “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalms 91: 1-2 NLT
That about sums it all up. Because of the blood of Jesus we are not restricted from Heaven’s Most Holy Place. And there we will find a place of refuge and a place of safety. As we read over and over, the words of Psalms 91, I pray that we will be fully assured that we are covered with His feathers as He remains our shield and buckler.
OLUYINKA EGO-MARTINS ©