Do believers have to suffer because others violate God’s laws and disrupt corporate spiritual protection? Should we expect our lives to be difficult because we are connected to someone running from God or making really poor choices (like those on the ship with Jonah)? These are important questions as we establish victorious mindsets for our lives.
In answering these questions, consider Psalm 91. “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you . . . Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Psalm 91:7-10). The psalmist boldly declares that he has personal protection from corporate curses. He proclaims that there is a supernatural defense available to shield the individual from disasters in his environment. He says this will be experienced by those who dwell in His secret place, who love Him, who call on Him and who know His name. (See vs. 1, 9, 14, 15)
I am intrigued by the belief system of the psalmist. Even though he lived under an inferior covenant to ours (see Hebrews 8:6), he seems to say, “No matter what difficulties others face, I have a special protection with God that safeguards me from the negative things that are happening in my surroundings.” Is he declaring a spiritual reality that is available to all, or is he referring to something that is only for a few select believers in unique situations?
One struggle in applying Psalm 91 is the consideration of people in the Bible who were not protected from problems around them. For example, Joshua and Caleb spent 40 years with self-inflicted wanderers, Daniel lived in restriction because of his nation’s sins, and Christians in Acts were persecuted and martyred. Should we let the experience of these godly ones tone down our beliefs about personal protection? No. If we do lessen our expectations, then we are assuming that these were living at the highest level of their covenant with God. (This is not true as Jesus was the only one who did so.)
Conclusions based on the experiences of others will lower our beliefs and ultimately lessen our life experience. Yes, Jesus suffered when He chose to be crucified, but His life was all about supernatural protection and provision (no matter what was going on around Him). He is our example, but more importantly, He created the way for us to be treated as He deserves, not as we deserve, through His death and resurrection. This includes forgiveness, health, power, abundant provision and SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION regardless of the circumstances. Praise the Lord! Let’s believe to increasingly see His protection and blessing.