For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)
By Carrie Dameron
The two scenarios found in Psalm 91:3 are enough to cause fear and panic. And, once again we are reminded where our security rests. We have the shock-and-awe of an animal snare. A snare is a trap hidden in the forest or jungle. Because it cannot be seen or detected it traps an animal unaware. Another fear is the unseen panic of a deadly pestilence, which we are currently living through the corona virus.
This week as I met with my women’s prayer/fellowship group, we were amazed at the how quickly the corona virus has invaded our lives. In a matter of weeks or months, many of us went from knowing about the virus in China, to a few cases popping up in our area, then to shelter-in-place to stop transmission. Suddenly we have a whole new existence with remote working or unemployment, homeschooling our children, and no face-to-face contact with our neighbors, friends, and church family. For some of you the virus has infected your family, friends and/or neighbors; or you have already lost loved ones to the respiratory illness. And since most of us our nurses or midwives, we are on the front lines caring for patients who are severely sick and dying, while trying to keep our own family from becoming infected.
Through the “shock-and-awe” scenarios of a snare and pestilence found in Psalm 91:3, we are reminded where our security rests. In our Rescuer–Jesus Christ! We are protected in his hand. Not immune to disasters or viruses, but secure in his ever present providence (Hebrews 13:5/Psalm 118:6; 1 Chronicles 29:11). God knew about the corona virus, including the who, what, where, when, and how. He even knows the why!
Even though we are vulnerable to the tragedies of this world, we have a secured eternal place with him.
Pray: Father God, You are my rescuer and nothing in my life is outside of Your knowledge. For just as You know when a sparrow falls from a tree, so you know every cell in my body and moment in my life (Matthew 10:29-31). Thank You and praise You, for from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High; will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” (Psalm 91:1-2)
An NCFI Cares Devotional, April 2020.