Week 43 Day 4
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Psalm 91:13 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
I often wonder what the scripture intends when it talks about “rescue” and being saved from danger. It seems inconsistent with the reality of things as they are. You could almost come away with the idea that if you are “on board” with everything that the Bible says nothing bad will ever happen to you. This is simply not true. To labor under this fatal misapprehension is probably the worst kind of deception the devil has ever perpetrated on the lives of believers.
Jesus sets the record straight when he warns the disciples over and over about the persecutions to come. Finally in the sixteenth chapter of John He warns them yet again in verse 33, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” So, what does this mean for us as we read the promises of Psalm 91? Coming to grips with two essential facts we can then be prepared to meet the reality of our situation.
First, the creation is subject to corruption because of our own sinfulness. That means that disease, and war, famine, and death are the result of what we and our forefathers have done. Second, the world hates Jesus and everything He stands for because it cannot stand in the face of the fact that He is the truth and there can be no other. So, when persecution comes we should be prepared and pray that we might stand up to it.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted
Do not be afraid the Lord your God is strong
With His mighty arms when you call on His name
He will come and save
(Bob Fitts , Gary Sadler Integrity 1995)