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 fourth devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:1–8.
‘For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease’ (Psalm 91:3).
I can imagine that, as a kid, you experienced that sinking feeling of having been trapped. A kids’ game is one thing; deliberate deception and entrapment is another. The NIV translation of the Bible calls it ‘the fowler’s snare’, a metaphor for danger from an enemy. That’s no fun! From an enemy is one thing, but betrayal by a friend is another – as Jesus experienced from Judas, a disciple who wanted to force Jesus into action through not understanding that God’s ways are different from those of the world (Isaiah 55:8–9). Troubles, traps and temptations happen in life. But there, because he knows where you are, look for the way out that the Lord provides so you can hold steady and trust him in that situation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
For example, take any deadly disease, such as the current invisible intruder. The NIV uses the word ‘pestilence’, to which the Macquarie Dictionary has ‘a deadly epidemic disease; that which produces or tends to produce epidemic disease’. It’s infectious, destructive to life, and injurious to peace and morals. You get the picture. These things happened in the psalmist’s era as well. His response: as you live and dwell in the Lord’s shelter, surely, he will protect you! Even if there is a second wave, and even if we die from the coronavirus, we are still safe in God’s hands.
Lord, thank you that our lives are in your hands! Amen.