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Key Verse: Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
At least a dozen times in scripture God is referred to as a shield, and what a very appropriate item to be compared to. A shield is a defensive piece of armour that has been used throughout the ages, from the times of the Babylonian empire, throughout the Roman era, into the age of Vikings and even today by modern police forces around the world. Every civilization has understood the importance of a shield for a physical battle, but God refers to himself as a shield for a good reason.
In life, we face many hardships and battles, and God chose to relate to himself in this way as an illustration that all could understand. He is somebody that protects, that covers, that hides you safely. He deflects attacks and ensures your well-being in the heat of a battle. Whilst God is extremely capable of taking a position where all your enemies are fought for you in an offensive way, and there are other times when He rather hides you under his wings in a defensive way. In this, we can know the love of God as a defender.
God declares himself our shield. Ephesians 6 describes the ‘shield of faith’ that we are to take up daily in our spiritual battles. The shield of faith was used by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before thrown into the furnace and it protected them. It was used by Jesus when tempted of the devil and it deflected. It was employed by Job when suffering immensely, and it rejected his wife’s taunting of him to ‘curse God and die.’ Whatever firey darts the enemy may shoot at you today, we have a shield that will quench them all.