“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.”
Through it All, Big and Small
According to verses 5 and 6, if it isn’t terrors it’s arrows and pestilence and plagues (“Oh, my!”), and if one reads through Revelation sometimes the mayhem, muck, and misery comes at us all at once! Not only that, if all the fearsomeness isn’t bad enough at midday (cue the Jaws theme), just wait until dark!
But besides big-ticket trouble, there is plenty of small stuff that garners grief. Fortunately, the same God Who provides the shield or covering referenced in the previous devotional also provides a “small shield,” or “buckler” (as it is referenced in the KJV), for the “hand-to-hand combat” of daily difficulties.
And the weapons? God’s own Words, “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12), the same spiritual ordnance, if you will, Jesus employed to overcome Satan’s temptations at the close of (Jesus’) forty day desert deployment (see Matthew 4:1-11).
No matter the size or scope of “incoming,” God has our back. Good thing, too.
More often than not, our battles are not of biblical proportion; they are the relentless pokes and prods the “enemy” uses to make us turn from the truth of Who God is and the truth of who we are. And, like “the little foxes” attempting to “destroy the vine,” (Song of Solomon 2:15), these little barbs can also dishearten, discourage, and damage.
But whether the onslaught is catastrophic or chronic there is Someone Who is awake and on call 24/7, Who, as Psalm 121:4 indicates, “neither slumbers nor sleeps.”
He knows about the prophesied Big Events and the daily dilemmas. He is Jehovah-Jireh: the Lord Who provides, Who “sees to it” , Who sees to us.
Here is “some shield and buckler,” courtesy of God’s Word, for what you may face today:
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, AKJV).
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19, NASB).
The battle is the Lord’s (see 2 Chronicles 20:15; 1 Samuel 17:47; Ephesians 6:12; and 2 Chronicles 32:7 for historical and personal encouragement).
Share your own story about God’s provision.
- Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Verse 4, and Share Your Story (pnissila.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Verse 3 (pnissila.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Preface, Verses 1-2, and Share Your Story (pnissila.wordpress.com)