If a soldier guarding and keeping watch over fellow soldiers fails the enemy can approach and bring defeat and death. But a watchful guard alerts those around him to the approaching danger and is a protector. We can see that God in His mercy has provided in various ways for our physical care and protection. But it is also true that God has provided for our spiritual and eternal care.
Perhaps a little surprisingly, He has done this not with a vast and powerful army. He has done this by sending only One out on this expedition into dark and difficult territory. This One has brought light and life to men as it says in Isaiah 9:2, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” The expedition of God’s one and only Son into the world is what we are speaking about when we speak of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus into the world to bring safety for our souls. Through His death and resurrection the Savior opened the way of forgiveness and eternal life.
I am reminded of Psalm 25:20 which says, “Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.” Jesus Christ having defeated death and the Devil continues to intercede for us. That prayer of David to guard His soul is answered in Jesus. For our guard carefully guards us and protects us. Psalm 121 tells us that the one who guards His people never slumbers or sleeps. So in faith we turn to God’s protection for our souls, Jesus. He is the one who came to save and protect us that our “whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).