The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. – John 10:10
Jesus protects us from the evil and harm that comes our way, but He does much more than just protect!
The forces of evil are looking to glorify themselves and take whatever they can get. There is nothing good in them. They will try to steal our joy, kill our faith and destroy our affections. They take pleasure in turning us away from seeking the Lord, and boast as they mock God’s grace and love.
Jesus protects us from these destructive thieves. He has already defeated their weapons of death and sin, and as His children we share in that victory. Even though they still pose dangers to us, we can face them knowing they have no real power when we trust in the Lord.
But more than protecting us, Jesus gives us life. Not just an “OK” life but the life God created us to have, a life overflowing with His love and care. A life where He provides all our needs, covers us with love, and gives us the desires of our hearts. A life where every trouble and the most difficult situations are part of His plan and goodness. A life where we share kindness and fellowship with each other, and experience worship and praise together. A life where we realize this small time on earth is simply the starting point of an eternity of unimaginable delight, comfort and wonder with our loving Father. The best life ever!