I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
(Ezra 8:22-23 NIV)
After the decree of King Cyrus of Persia permitting the Jews to return to their homeland, many exiled Jews in Babylonia returned to Jerusalem, and Ezra, the scribe, was one of them. Even though grave dangers faced them on the road, Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for protection because he had told him that God would protect them. Therefore, Ezra and the people fasted and asked God for protection and God answered their prayer. The psalmist also prayed, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8).
We’re not exempt from danger either, so where do we run to for protection? I’ve made it a habit to ask for God’s protection every day. In fact, I remember a time when at the end of a workday, God reminded me of how He had protected me from a particular danger that day, without me even being aware of it. God continues to protect those who run to Him.
Seek protection under the wings of Almighty God.