This world is filled with dangers, many of which we can’t even see coming. None of us can tell what tomorrow may bring. But we see in the news every day how some totally unexpected event can, in an instant, change a person’s life forever. And yet, God assures us that we don’t have to be afraid of any of those things.
Psalm 91:3-10 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
My deliverance is assured! As one who dwells and abides in Him, there is no possibility of me not being delivered from the devil’s traps as I trust in God. My deliverance is both from “the snare of the fowler,” which is the traps the devil sets for me to fall into, and from “the perilous pestilence,” the dangers that occur in everyday life. So, whether it is a sin-trap, or a natural occurrence, or some man-made calamity, I will be delivered!
So, I need not and must not be afraid of anything the future may bring. No night terrors for me! No looking over my shoulder every other moment, wondering when the next blow will fall. Epidemics, droughts, floods… none of these are sources of fear for me, because my God has promised that He shall deliver me.
I’m covered, even though people around me may be falling like flies. The key is that I have made the LORD my dwelling place. God will cover me “with His feathers,” but I must make the choice to take refuge in Him. He is my protection, but I must deliberately choose to come under His covering. It starts with dwelling and abiding in Him constantly.
Psalm 91:11-16 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
God’s protection is active and proactive; He has assigned angels to keep me in all my ways. I can expect angels to be on the job for me in any situation. They are there to catch me when I fall, and bear me up – restore me to my place with Him. I shall trample every danger and obstacle underfoot. God says that He will set me on high. And when I call upon Him, He WILL answer me! He will be with me in trouble, and not only deliver me, but honor me. And He will satisfy me with long life.