Daily Pointers for Connecting with God
There is little doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be one of the most fear-inducing pestilences in human history. It very much feels like one described in Psalm 91:6: a “pestilence that stalks in darkness.” You can’t see it. Very little is still known about where it came from, how long it was being spread before it became an epidemic and then a pandemic, and how to effectively stop its spread since it takes so long to show symptoms that no one knows who’s got it. It feels like an unseen enemy that stalks and pounces before you know it. Consequently, mass-scale fear all but shut down the economy, the sports world, the entertainment world, the educational world. Even our church buildings.
And forced the whole world to huddle indoors, uncertain from day to day what will happen next.
But wait! There is a promise for God’s people in all of this. It comes from the same Psalm that describes this pestilence as stalking in the darkness:
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty…For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions (feathers), and under his wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a buckler (that’s a small round shield to fend off arrows and sword strikes). You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
This takes “shelter in place” to a whole new level. All of what we have talked about for the past 10 days; slowing down, simplifying, so we can come; being still, listening, delighting in God’s loving presence, participating in His mighty works by praying as the Holy Spirit directs, paying our blessings forward, worshiping and praying – it all serves to bring us under the protective umbrella of the Most High. Abiding in Him. As we do, He abides in us (John 15:4,5).
I can’t think of a better incentive in times of fear to run to Jesus. Make sure I’m right with Him. Come, be still, listen, delight….abide.
As God’s people we have the assignment to seek His face and pray, pray, pray. All bets are off if we disobey. But when we do, we have the promise of His protection. Not just that – just like a fragile baby bird under the wings of its mother He wants us to have the acute awareness of His loving, reassuring, protecting presence.
I could not think of a better way to shelter in place!
Relish that today as you pray. Fear not. And prayerfully invite others of more fragile faith or no faith at all to seek shelter in the shadow of the Almighty.