“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” Psm. 91:14-16
I have been asked many questions about this pestilence, this global pandemic called COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. I have been asked questions ranging from its origin, cause, clinical details, whether our government’s advice is sound and many other questions. Having studied the global agenda it’s history and influence for many years, I believe the answers will come out once the pandemic has abated – we will see in the end what has changed and what rights have been lost as we march toward a one world government. After this pandemic is over, we will see the finger pointing begin, in whose direction, and the outcome. But, the final chapter of it all is written in The Book of books, The Bible. Look there to find the truth and the answers of what is to come.
For now, we do not know much about the role this infectious pathogen has to play in that yet. So, instead of focusing on the world, the media fear mongering, and that which I cannot control I prefer to focus on our God and heavenly Father who bears us up on wings of Eagles and comforts us and protects us! In the midst of this plague, we, as His children, (Jesus, loves the little children!), we can rest in His protection! I am sad to report though, those who are not His children are not protected. This is what bothers me at this time, thousands who are passed on into a Christless eternity. All this can be found in the book of Psalms, chapter 91.
What Is Your Address?
No, I do not mean your physical street address. I mean, where do you abide? Where do you rest? What is your safe place? In the beginning of Psalms 91 it tells you where that place ought to be. Do you want safety? Look at verse 1;
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psm. 91:1
See? The cat is already out of the bag here in the first verse! The secret place is where he lives, in the place of the most High. It goes on to call it the shadow of the Almighty. It is a shadowy place of protection. Like under the wings of a hen where the chicks run and hide for safety. The soaring predator may have acute eyesight, but it cannot see the chicks if they stay inside their safe place! I would ask you: are you dwelling in this place of safety, in the shadow of the Almighty? You can, you know. Look at verse two…
“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psm. 91:2
Notice what you need to do to have this safe place. You must call on the Almighty with your voice. “I will say of the LORD…”. If you want true safety, it is time to accept Jesus as your personal Saviour in prayer, with your voice. Call out to Him! Ask for forgiveness of your sins and He will save you and give you eternal life! It also refers to the place of refuge and a fortress. For those who have called Him “my God”, it is like living in a fortified castle in times of danger!
Deliverance From Evil
Do you want to be delivered? Call out to him! Have you already called out to Him for forgiveness of sin? The following verse clearly assures us of His safety in this secret place, (not so secret anymore, now is it?)
Here’s the assurance:
“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.” Psm. 91:3
The assurance includes deliverance from the, “noisome pestilence”; noisome means evil and pestilence means an infectious disease. Sounds a lot what like what we are up against right now! Add verse 3 to verse 10;
“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Psm. 91:10
I do not disagree that, “thy dwelling” means your spiritual dwelling, but it also means your physical dwelling; your house or home. That means the safest place to be is at home! Be right at home in the shadow of Almighty God and be safe in your house. That is the safest place right now. Consider the wisdom of this in this verse:
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Prov. 27:12
This verse tells us about two people, the wise man and the simpleton. The prudent and wise hides himself from the coming evil. But, the simple say, “…whatever.” and are punished. I have already heard of young people who are lamenting having not taken this thing seriously while they lay in a hospital bed. Just yesterday, I have heard of three men who were supposed to help pitch in to an order for 15,000 tracts who died in St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ages 24, 34, and 43. Remember, there is nothing in scripture that says you will never get a cold or that you will not get sick, or certainly that you will not die! Quite the contrary, the Bible says the wages of sin is death! Scripture says that death comes upon all men for that ALL have sinned! Scripture says it is appointed for man once to die. But, once you are dead, you cannot go back. That is why, if you do not know Jesus, today is the day of your salvation. Call on Him with your voice today! For you who have already accepted Jesus as your God, you have a responsibility too! Yes, you are protected, but if you get sick (yes, you can get sick) you must realize with this particular illness that you could infect an unsaved person who has no protection and they could end up in a Christless and fiery eternity. Look at this verse, it tells us how many will fall!
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” Psm. 91:7-8
It will not come nigh, (or, near) thee (you!), but you will witness thousands fall. We must consider the lost. We must be aware and wise. The safest place is at home! Do you “forsee” the evil? Hide yourself! Not out of fear, but in wisdom! Consider the example of the Hebrews in Egypt at the Passover. The angel of death passed over their houses when he saw the blood and they did not come out until the plague was passed. That was wise.
So, do we care about the lost? Can we limit the spread of this noisome pestilence by being wise so more people are not placed in harm’s way? Let us all be wise and stay in our house as much as possible. Stay home in Him and His Word, in prayer. Do not go out to physically join up with people right now and mind the advice of those in authority over you. Yes, we are protected under the shadow of His wing, but remember that the unsaved are not. They have no guarantees of deliverance. They have no guardian angels. They have no one to pray to, to call out to in time of need. But, while they are alive, they still have a chance to gain eternal life. What can we as saved people do? Be wise when and where you go. Check in on the elderly where you can. That is a necessity. If you are not essential in the aid of this crisis, do not challenge it by living like the “simple”. If you do not have to go out, stay home. Know this: the prudent man is a wise man. Be that man or woman right now, but also be encouraged, it will end and we will have another day to share the good news of the gospel to the lost that remain. ~R.
“For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD” Psalm 31:22-24.
© 2020 Remi Fernhout