This fresh set of Daily Devotions is being provided for our LCA/NZ family, friends and visitors to help us to keep our eyes on Jesus as we face unsettling times. They can be used by families and individuals as part of the LCA/NZ’s Church@Home resources to encourage us and build trust in our Heavenly Father during this season of uncertainty and physical isolation.
by Ruth Olsen
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This is the last devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:1–8.
‘Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you’ (Psalm 91:5,7).
When we dwell in trusting the Lord, especially so in during any time of upheaval and testing such as now, we will discover for ourselves the reality and truth of what the Bible says about him. He is our rock, our anchor in stormy seas. Yes, although there’s uncertainty, threat, death or trouble around us, by holding onto him and his promises, he enables us to learn to become an overcomer. When he brings us through again, we will realise we have learned to know both him and ourselves in new ways.
Testing times like these are opportunities for growth. They are times to practise giving our fears to him, receiving his peace, beginning to recognise his presence with us and his sustaining and enabling power at work in us and through us. The Lord’s desire is for all people to come to know him and his promises in Jesus (1 Timothy 2:4). We all need his mercy and forgiveness, for without Jesus all of us sit in the ‘wicked’ camp! Let’s pray urgently for others, that this current ‘season’ may become a turning point for many, to experience the truth of him who does not condemn but forgives any who ask him (John 3:16–17). We represent him to others. Let’s give our fears to him, and in exchange, receive his love for others.
Lord, thank you for your Spirit at work in us and through us. Amen.