Psalm 91:3-4 -11-8-22 1

Greetings Pray-ers,

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.”  King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 1:9

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Winston Churchill

“We are known for what we say, not for what we meant to say.” My father

There is an element of truth in each of these statements. It is a precursor to what will follow as we continue to look at Psalm 91 – beginning with verse 3: Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. Normally, I try to stay away from current topics that generate heated conversations. The reason is that too often I see and understand both sides of an issue. But I do want to touch on: He will save you…..from the deadly pestilence. Now, perhaps I am writing this because recently I watched a documentary on Covid and vaccines, and it made me grieve!!

Talking about this subject causes debates amongst friends, ruins relationships, and develops lack of trust with loved ones regarding decisions they make, and then the general distrust of everyone. People are passionate by the information they have amassed.  Research has become their new hobby! They are willing to share with you the books or articles or websites they found so that you too can be informed. With the data acquired, they try their level best to convince others they are right. (Doesn’t matter which side of the debate they are on.) 

Let me stress that research and learning is important. There is nothing wrong with seeking out experts, those who are knowledgeable, to help the understanding process that each of us must go through as we learn. However, do we find ourselves seeking “man” more so than seeking God? 1 John 4:1-3 states: Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but very spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

As followers of Jesus (Yeshua) we must be alert, wise and discerning as to whom we listen. I don’t know if the people we hear from or listen to are real or false prophets, but I think we can all agree that there are many voices around us today trying to convince us to believe or make decisions that could be contrary to God’s Word. They can be found behind the pulpits of our churches, in the medical communities, and within Education and Government. I now come back to the documentary I watched. I found myself wondering, who do I believe? Who is telling the truth? Our English language has become a platform for nuances, platitudes, rhetoric and double entendres. (Me-thinks thou speakest with forked tongue!) We hear people speaking in half-truths, along with lies and actual truths. How does one know who or what to believe!?!

Psalm 91:4, He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. As much as we want to research and try to understand all things, we MUST spend MORE time in the presence of our Lord. It is the Lord who will guide and direct us. It is He who will make sense of the half-truths, bring clarity to the lies and confirmation to what is true. It is the Lord who protects us.

Many reading this have stories, both good and bad, of Covid’s ravages. Some have lost beloved family and friends. Some know of people who came so close to dying but made miraculous recoveries. Others are still dealing with “long-term” Covid effects. And some were barely affected. It may be difficult for us to accept the truth of God’s Word when reading, He will save you…..from the deadly pestilence. When the “Why me?” question is asked, it is difficult to answer. Because we don’t know why!!! We don’t necessarily understand God’s will or His ways. We grieve when our prayers go unanswered; we rejoice when they are answered.

So, how do we deal with all this? Do we honestly believe that “God will save me from whatever may be going on around me”? Perhaps we need to spend more time in Luke 9:23 where Jesus stated, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  Having an innocent and child-like faith is wonderful. And yet, as we deepen our relationship with the Almighty, we MUST recognize the importance of doing our part: such as, dwelling in God’s shelter and resting in His shadow. Let us continually confess that the Lord is our refuge and our fortress. May we, without ceasing, declare that “He is my God, in whom I trust”! Let these truths be the strength that enables us to traverse the murky waters around us.

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