Click here to listen to blog. Beside the Ahava River, I asked the people to go without eating and to pray. We humbled ourselves and asked God to bring us and our children safely to Jerusalem with all of our possessions.I was ashamed to ask the king to send soldiers and cavalry to protect us against enemies along the way. After all, we had told the king that our God takes care of everyone who truly worships him, but that he gets very angry and punishes anyone who refuses to obey. So we went without food and asked God himself to protect us, and he answered our prayers. Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra refused to ask the king for a military escort because he had told the king that God takes care of those who worship Him! God did protect them and answered their prayers.In today's world with so many things to fear and the threat of terrorism almost everywhere are you declaring to the world around you that God will protect you? As a follower of Jesus Christ are you depending on God or the hand of man to keep you safe? The world makes available elaborate security systems, weapons for concealed carry, personal defense classes as well as police forces dedicated to keeping you from harm! What more do you need? Well, the answer to that question is simple: even if you have none of those things available God can and will protect you if you belong to Him. Does that mean that followers of Jesus will not suffer persecution or be killed? No it does not! What it means is this: No one and no thing on this earth can keep you from going to Heaven to live with Jesus forever when you die! The salvation that He purchased for you on the Cross cannot be touched by those who would do you harm! Satan himself may send you to Heaven sooner, but he cannot send you to Hell! "Lord Jesus, give me the courage to proclaim to everyone that I am Eternally Protected by You! And thank You for the Cross that cannot be touched even by the Devil. May You be praised forever. Amen."