You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Psalm 91:5-8 ESV
Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of the Lord. God’s continual presence with all believers is a great comfort and source of peace. Nothing can happen to us unless He allows it. And what He allows He uses for good.
But unexpected and difficult times do come into the lives of all – including believers. Why? We can’t answer this difficult question completely because we don’t have God’s perspective. But we do know that God is in control of all aspects of our lives. He loves us and is committed to caring for us. And He has promised us a future life free from pain and difficulty.
- The Lord does not promise a pain-free life of ease. What is said about the life of believers in the following verses? — John 16:33; 2 Timothy 3:12-13
- No doubt much of God’s protection goes unseen and unnoticed. What is said about God’s protection in the following passages? — Psalm 34:7,19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Question to ponder: What should be your reaction when unexpected difficulties come into your life?
Passages for further reflection: Psalm 50:15; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11