American frontiersman and Congressman Davy Crockett was attending an exhibition in Washington.

Pointing to one of the monkeys on display, he noted that it resembled a particular member of Congress.

When he turned around, Crockett realized that the man he had just described had been standing behind him.

“I suppose I ought to apologize,” Crockett said, “but I don’t know whether to apologize to you or the monkey.”

Most, if not all of us, have experienced a time in our lives when we’ve been mistreated, wrongly accused, even victimized.

Perhaps you’ve felt like you had no one on your side to come to your defense.

The Bible tells us that God is our protector, refuge, and fortress.

Psalm 18:2 and 30 say:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”

Psalm 46:1 says:

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Verse 11 of the same chapter says:

“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.”

We can thank the Lord that He fights for us and through us.

We can also thank Him that He has given us His spiritual armor needed to stand against the dark forces of the enemy.

May we thank the Lord that He is our protector and always has our back.

Isaiah 58:8 says:

“Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.”

Psalm 121:7 says:

“The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.”

No matter how large the difficulty that we may be facing in life, Christ is greater.

May we take refuge in His protection and wait in expectant hope for Him to show His power in our life through Christ’s Life in us.

Our problems may not suddenly disappear, but we will find peace in knowing that God is in control.

Take a moment right now to thank Him as our protector, refuge, and fortress.

We are not victims, we are victors!

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