For He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands, so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. Psalm 91:11-12
Many believers talk about protection and if we truly can trust God in this area of concern. Many have read these verses in Psalms and see an excuse to live recklessly or without any wisdom. This scripture is not at all teaching that. We never are to do anything foolish that will put us in a position to be harmed. It’s talking about as we go through our daily lives, “in all your ways” the Lord will protect you.
In this verse 11, the Hebrew word for “ways” clearly shows this to us. It is the word DEREK, which means path, road, or journey. So, as you go about your daily path in life, there are times when the enemy may have put snares in your way that you are unaware of. But we’re told that God will give His angels charge over you, to go ahead of you to protect you from those snares.
It doesn’t mean that you should go and do something foolish and harmful to yourself to test God’s protection. Even as we trust the Lord for His divine protection, it’s important that we use wisdom as well. In Mark 16:18 we’re told, “If you drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them.” Now, if someone were to challenge that verse and willfully drink poison, then it’s almost certain they will pay the deadly price of being foolish.
Psalm 91:11 is talking about the paths you take as part of your normal life. What Mark 16:18 is saying is that should you drink something harmful without realizing it in the normal course of your day, the Lord will protect you from being harmed. Also, God’s supernatural protection doesn’t always have to come in the form of spectacular angelic interventions.
But I do believe that every day, His protection over us is so supernaturally natural that many of us don’t even realize that we have been protected. Maybe as you were stepping off the curb, you felt something hold or pull you back, and right then, a car sped past you. Well, what do you think held or pulled you back? It may have been an angel, not necessarily spectacular, but supernaturally protecting you (Hebrews 1:14). God’s Word is true and we can live our lives under His protection.