“He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly” (Proverbs 2:7).
This is an age dominated by fear. Some people install elaborate and expensive security systems to guard their home, their office, and their cars – because of fear of an intruder. Others fear death, sickness, abandonment, failure, financial disaster, or the problems that come with aging.
But we don’t need to live our lives in fear, because God has promised protection to those who walk uprightly. He has assured us several times in His Word that He will be our “buckler.” The term “buckler” refers to a shield but, in this context, it isn’t just the small one carried over the arm to protect your heart (as in 2 Samuel 22:31 and 1 Chronicles 5:18).
In Proverbs 2:7, the buckler refers to a large shield that surrounds and protects the entire body. God’s protective shield has those who walk in obedience covered from head to toe, in every area of their lives. And not only will God protect the godly man during his life on earth, walking uprightly also brings the confidence that we will be safe on the Day of Judgment (Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Peter 1:5-11).
Looks Like ...
In the book “The Day America Told the Truth” (1991), the authors (James Patterson & Peter Kim) related the stunning results of a question which was asked of Americans. The question was simply this: “What would you be willing to do for $10 million?” Two-thirds of those polled said they would do at least one of the following ... some said they would do several of the following:
Would abandon their entire family (25%)
Would abandon their church (25%)
Would be a prostitute for a week or more (23%)
Would give up their American citizenships (16%)
Would leave their spouses (16%)
Would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free (10%)
Would kill a stranger (7%)
Would put their children up for adoption (3%)
Why would people do such things? Greed would obviously be a factor. But there’s another that tops that – the glaring failure of many to walk uprightly in this day and age.
Walking uprightly is a matter of choice. Our first choice must be to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. By grace through faith, Jesus’ death on the cross and His finished work makes us righteous, enabling us to walk uprightly. Flowing from that first choice, as we grow in our faith and knowledge of God’s ways, our choices and decisions will line up more and more with the Word of God and His protection will surround us.
Ask Yourself ...
Do my choices keep me safely behind God’s buckler of protection, or do I step outside His safety zone from time to time?