We are living in unprecedented times. While the oldest among us lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War, the rest of us have enjoyed, for the most part, unprecedented peace and prosperity. Yes, we witnessed history on September 11, 2001, and things seemed very uncertain in the immediate aftermath, but the affects of the Corona Virus far outstrip even those dark days.
I don't have to catalog the abrupt changes we have endured over the past week; you are living with them. And, if you're like me, you find the uncertainty the most difficult challenge of all. I don't have quick or easy answers; there aren't any right now. However, as always, God's Word has encouragement for uncertain times.
Back in September 2001, someone pointed out that Psalm 91:1 had a special resonance. If you keep reading, the following verses are eerily relevant for today.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your sheild and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Psalm 91:1-6 (NIV)
Make good choices, my friends, but don't live in fear. God is with us!