Graceful Perseverance: COVID-19 - And Psalm 91-03/22
Welcome to this week’s blog. Once again, I am writing about the Global Outbreak of COVID-19, and how this Pandemic can be related to God’s word! Those who study the scriptures, and follow Jesus, know faithfully and spiritually what is taking place in our world today. More than ever before, we must turn to God’s word to find hope, comfort, and trust that He is truly the one in control, and everything is in the palm of God’s hand.
Today the entire world is living in an age of disease most of us have never experienced in our lifetime, and may never see or experience again. Today, over 186 countries have now been inflicted with this deadly enemy. Every day around the globe there are hundreds, and thousands of new cases, and new deaths.
I see two different groups of people living in the middle of this COVID-19 Pandemic. On one hand, there are the ones who know that our God, our Creator, the Master of the Universe, is so much larger than this pandemic. This is the group of people who have the faith, promise, and comfort that God will take care of His children through this life altering experience. But this doesn’t come without prayer and faith in our God. This only comes with knowing and turning to God’s word. Without hesitation, God’s word tells us clearly, and with certainty, He will protect us.
On the other hand, there’s the second group of people. These are the people who refuse to follow Jesus or His word. These are the people who do not comprehend that we can only get to God through Jesus Christ, His son. Scriptures clearly tell us this. And then I subdivided this second group. There are two types of people in this second group. First, are the ones who are filled with fear and panic. Second, are the ones who believe this is all a joke, and they are immune to contracting this evil, deadly virus.
I believe both types of people in this second group are doomed without faith in a God that is so much bigger than man. These people have replaced faith with fear, as opposed to the other way around. The people in this group also believe they are invisible, the younger generation, the thousands of college students partying on the beaches of Florida during Spring Break. Both types of people in this group have turned their backs on God, their faith, and the hope that can only be found in God’s word. We will get through this pandemic, but only by the hands of God, not man.
What seems to be popping up more and more in the media these days is Psalm 91. Let’s look at Psalm 91 (NIV), and find in God’s word where He specifically tells us He will protect us from plagues and pestilences. Exactly what we are all experiencing in our lives today. No one can or will escape it.
I am a passionate and zealous Christian woman, who strongly believes, and has faith in God’s word, the Bible. I believe God, with full intention and purpose, wrote these words for us to read, believe and trust in. His intent was to provide us a promise that if we put our entire trust in Him, His word, and follow only Him, and no other Gods, we have absolutely nothing to fear that comes our way.
I’ve always been a firm believer that if God brings it to me, He will see me through it. Every experience that comes our way, be certain God’s hand is in the matter. He is our shield of protection. When we put our trust in God’s word, faith surpasses fear. When you live in faith, fear takes up no residency in your life. For me, God’s word reassures me of His promises every day, and in every situation. When I read His word, I find peace, not panic. In these difficult and unfamiliar times, why wouldn’t all of us turn to God’s word to treasure and grasp His encouragement and amity?
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he 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. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91 (NIV)
Psalm 91 is a beautiful reminder of God’s shield of protection. I will dwell in the shelter of the Most High. He is my refuge and fortress in whom I trust. He promises to save me from the fowler's snare, and the DEADLY PESTILENCE. He will cover me with His feathers, and I will find refuge under His wings. Like that of an eagle. His faithfulness is my shield and rampart. He promises me I will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the PESTILENCE that stalks in the darkness, nor the PLAGUE that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at His side, ten thousand at His right hand, but He promises I will not fall, and it will not come near me.
He promises that I will only observe with my eyes, and see the punishment of the wicked. If I say, The Lord is my refuge, and I make the Most High my dwelling, no harm will overtake me. No disaster will come near my tent. God will command His angels concerning me, to guard me in all of my ways. They will lift me up in their hands, so that I will not strike my foot against a stone.
God tells me I will tread on the lion and the cobra. I will trample the great lion and the serpent. Because she loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue her. He will protect me for I acknowledge His name. I will call on Him, and He will answer me. He will be with me in times of trouble. He will deliver me from evil, and I will honor Him. With a long life, God will satisfy me, and show me His salvation.
At all times, good and bad, I will keep His words on my lips, and never deny His name. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. – Revelation 3:8 (NIV).
Blessings until next week,
Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer
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