by Ruth Olsen
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This is the second devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:9–16.
‘No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home’ (Psalm 91:10).
As we re-read this whole psalm, we are reminded of the promise of shelter and rest for those who live or dwell in trusting the Lord (verse one), to which we can intentionally say ‘yes, I trust you Lord’ (verse nine). This needs to be our way of life. If we do, or as some translations say, because we do, then when anything comes against us, we will instinctively shelter ‘under his feathers and wings’ (verse four), because that is what we have made a habit of doing. And from that place of ‘seeing life through his feathers’, we receive a different perspective. Instead of fear, we can rest in trusting the One who is the Overcomer of any evil or plague.
COVID-19 has been described as a plague. Physical distancing and self-isolating are part of the Lord’s protection for us. And although such measures are probably not our preference, they are a wise strategy for decreasing the spread of this unseen invader. That’s all part of living from the place of peace that Jesus gives. Listen to him: ‘I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid’ (John 14:27 NLT).
Lord Jesus, refresh us in your peace of heart and mind. Thank you! Amen.