Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Our 4th child was expected at the end of January. I took my eyes off the Lord, who was forming her beautiful body inside my womb, for just a second. It was long enough to realize it was flu season.
I became super fearful that my soon-to-be newborn would get the flu. Using hand sanitizer became excessive to the point of overthinking everything I touched. When out running errands, I felt the need to reapply several times.
Despite my precautions, my fears came to fruition leading up to delivery date. One by one my family members got sick. It became stressful trying to keep surfaces clean around the home.
The Lord pressed my heart to trust Him with this. I was, of course, completely powerless to keep me, and our expected daughter healthy. I did what I could, not to be careless, and finally felt some peace that God was in control.
Our beautiful child was soon born. Both her and I remained super healthy despite my hubby bringing our third child in the day after her birth, with a confirmed case of the flu.
God taught me in that season, how to better rely on his provision and sovereignty.
In this time of social distancing, I’m reminded of how far the Lord brought me to know — rest is found in trusting Him through critical times. He keeps me from drifting off with the distraction of worrying too much about germs. (Philippians 4:6-7)
I read a very interesting letter, Martin Luther wrote, to Church leaders during the time of the Black Plague. He wrote in response to a request on how to act in accordance with God’s Holy Word during a plague. Notably, he says not to expose oneself due to improper precautions, yet not to neglect our duty to come to the aid of others in need. Read in it’s entirety — Whether One May Flee From A Deadly Plague.
Here’s an empowering promise from Psalm 41:1-3,
Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
The Lord protects and preserves them—
they are counted among the blessed in the land—
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
On this, Luther writes, “Are not these glorious and mighty promises of God heaped up upon those who minister to the needy?”
Today’s passage in scripture comes as the amazing refuge that it is. It pertains to God’s children, as we are not counted in ’the wicked’ in Psalm 91:8. It is assumed that we’re right with God. For Christ credited unto us His righteousness when He paid for our sins on the cross. (Galatians 3:6, Romans 4:9) This is not the prosperity gospel, but assumes we’re active in doing the will of God as a response to His great love for us. (1 John 4:19). As His beloved, we are under His protection and “no harm will overtake you” (Psalm 91:10).
The sentiment in many if not all of the Psalms, is from a heart of a servant of God. It teaches us to fully submit and trust the One True God — Our God Almighty. Even if we do die, let’s hope we die doing God’s will and not living for self. (Matthew 16:24-27)
Further, God’s promise of the resurrection stands to encourage us.
Job 19:26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
Even though Job lived before Abraham, God always planned from the beginning, for people to be saved by faith. Those who know God, walk with Him.
I am so encouraged by the behavior I have seen from fellow Christians during this pestilence. Believers have brought others supplies from eggs and milk, to toilet paper, baby wipes and more. I’ve seen no shortage of the love of Christ, to the glory and praise of Our Faithful and wonderful God.
Dear Heavenly Father, You are our refuge and our strength. Do not let us be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by doing good. May we continually live for You and not for ourselves by self-preservation. People will know us by our love for one another, for Your love bubbles up from within us. Praise Your Name, Jesus. ~Amen.
Praise God our Account is Settled with Christ, our eternal destination is secured.
Thanks be to God, we have everything we need! Let’s receive it with the Faith of a Child.