The Word — Taking refuge in God
Published 9:00 am Sunday, October 2, 2022
Nestled in Psalms 91, we see great and mighty works the Lord does for us as Christ Followers: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.”
It goes on to say “do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 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. You will trample upon lions and cobras, you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
The world is filled with so much trouble it is good for us to be reminded of how great our God is. Let us press in this week and realize his goodness and our benefits of being a Christ Follower. In the coming months we will continue to see the Bible fulfilled.
However, as Jesus reminds, we know these things must come to pass and we should not worry.
“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.”
Be encouraged and stay strong!
Yvette Perrin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.