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How Do You Keep Your Family Safe?

When you see your child headed down a destructive path, watch betrayal ruin a relationship, or witness harmful choices tearing your family apart, figuring out how to help can be an all-consuming challenge.

As hard as we try, and as much as we want to, we cannot protect everyone we love from harm. Proverbs 14:26 tells us to make the Lord our fortress and trust Him to do what we can’t do:

"Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.”

To fear God means to have awe and respect for Him. Reverence for God starts with a recognition of how weak we are on our own. Seeing what we’re incapable of allows us to see what He is capable of.

When we place our trust in God and allow Him to be our protector, we can persevere and love beyond our human ability. Our strength in Him gives us an unending source of confidence to face the worries of this world.

That level of security will always catch others’ attention. People notice perseverance and unconditional love, and when they ask how we stay strong or love without limits, we get to share the source of it all — our faith in Jesus.

What our hurting friends and family members need more than our good advice is our Savior. Our best intentions and advice can’t protect others from harm. But by sharing the story of a God who loves them and sent His Son to fight for them, we can invite them to join us in a fortress strong enough to withstand any storm.

Reflect:

  • What’s one way you’ve seen God protect you in the past?
  • Do you know someone headed down a destructive path? How can you reach out to that person this week?
  • Are you losing sleep because you’re trying to protect the ones you love from all harm? What step can you take this week to surrender that fear and trust God with your loved ones’ safety?

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