In Old Testament times, if Israel obeyed God, He would “have their back” and no other nation could whup-up on them, physically.
In New Testament times, believers CANNOT expect this sort of physical protection. God the Father and Christ Jesus allow their saints (please reference “Who Is A Saint”) to be physically (and mentally) mistreated, and for good reasons of course. Jesus is the supreme example of this, as is Paul, along with others.
SPIRITUALLY…our backs are ALWAYS covered, as summarized in 2 Thessalonians 3:3: “Yet faithful is the Lord, Who will be establishing you and guarding you from the wicked one” (Concordant Literal New Testament).
We also “have our backs covered” in the sense that we are guaranteed that nothing, no NOTHING, we suffer will go to waste or be for no reason. All, EVERY SINGLE SECOND of pain and sorrow, will eventually be used for our good and to our glory (Romans 8:28), whether now or in the future. GOD WASTES NOTHING!!
Also, They will not only enable us to withstand the afflictions, but actually receive them with joy (supernaturally, if you will)!
In addition to such verses as James 1:2 and Colossians 1:11, consider the example of Paul and Silas at Philippi (Acts 16:19-25). They were “severely flogged” (NIV), put in the “inner cell” (which was probably the nastiest) and their feet put in stocks. And, they had to have been EXTREMELY sore and still bloodied (v. 33). YET, at around midnight THEY SANG HYMNS TO GOD! WHOA!!….either they had to have been on some heavy drugs or funny mushrooms….OR, they were OVERJOYED that they had suffered for Christ’s sake. The Holy Spirit enables us to act and react this way.
See you later.