Protected from the Pinchers

by Joanna Pierce on June 12, 2019

It was a long time before I was able to walk up a flight of stairs without looking behind me. No, I wasn’t afraid of the boogie man; I was paranoid of something much worse: my Dad. My Dad isn’t scary all by himself (per se); however, it might help if I back up a bit to explain a few things.

I’ve mentioned in the past that my Dad is a bit of a prankster and would always find ways to (nicely) terrorize his young. One methodology of his choosing was chasing my sisters and me up the stairs. But, this activity surpassed any normal human activity as my Dad was typically outfitted in a red ski mask (AKA the “Crimson Hood”) and grill tongs (AKA “Heinie Pinchers”). Coupled with a menacing growl of “I’m going to get you,” we would run hysterically into the protective arms of our mother.

To be fair, not every encounter with the Crimson Hood ended in tears. As we grew older, those encounters would be shrouded in girlish screams but balanced with a fair amount of giggling. Even still, I learned very quickly that one doesn’t just nonchalantly walk up the stairs or around the corner. My Dad could be waiting to pounce at any moment. So, you either watched your backside or he got it.

This “watch your back” mentality has transpired into other areas of my life. I know the enemy is always around, devil and human alike. If I’m not careful, I’ll be attacked and caught unaware.

For you will not go out in a hurry [as when you left Egypt], Nor will you go in flight [fleeing, as you did from the Egyptians]; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12, AMP).

We’re warned in Scripture to watch for the devil (I Peter 5:8) and be aware of his devices (II Corinthians 2:11). While we’re mindful and conscious of our enemy, we shouldn’t do so under the auspice of fear. We can’t live each day afraid to take a step forward—up the stairs or around the corner—fearful the enemy will sweep upon us, masked in his own version of the Crimson Hood, wielding his own pinching weapon.

When Israel left Egypt, they didn’t just casually traverse desert-ward. They fled as fast as humanly possible, looking over their shoulders as they ran, on watch for the Egyptian soldiers biting at their heels. Running with possessions and recently acquired wealth, they weren’t built for speed. All the while running, the echo of the Egyptian “pinchers” rang in their ears.

But, Israel’s initial flight isn’t what I want to focus on today. Down through time, God gave a new promise to His people. They would no longer traverse in scurry-mode even if their enemy was chasing after them in a Crimson Hood and outfitted with pinchers. Why? Because God would go before them and would be their rear guard, protecting them from any pincher the enemy would try to use.

Do you understand the blessing in being able to go places, in the midst of your enemy, knowing they could be hiding around every corner, and have God protect you? You don’t need to watch over your shoulder or use your own hands as a blockade against any pinchers. You’re not limited to edging forward slowly in fear, not knowing if you’ll be attacked or forced to run screaming in the opposite direction. God serves as our front, side, and rear Guard. No pincher will penetrate that hedge of protection with God on watch!

If you’re an over-the-shoulder-glancer today, I pray it will only be to make sure you haven’t forgotten something. Don’t be concerned the enemy might come up behind you. No pincher formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). God’s got your back!