March 8

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.” vss. 9-10

The psalmist was clearly confident in the benevolence of the Lord. He believed that when we make God our refuge, we will be taken care of and protected from any calamity. There’s only one problem! This isn’t how life works. Of course some of us can skate by and never run into any problems…there’s seldom any serious illness and death stays away until we’ve lived to a ripe old age. Even our children and loved ones prosper. And whether they love God or not doesn’t seem to make any difference. But we all know people for whom that doesn’t work. They love Jesus with all their hearts and one bad thing after another takes place in their lives. When that happens it’s natural to think the psalmist is out to lunch, that he was perhaps from another planet. Of course that’s not true. The psalmist likely had observed the same inequities that we do…and still chose to trust in God above all things and in every circumstance! That’s how it has always been for the people of God. In spite of the daily presence of evil in our lives we continue to love the good and hope for the best. There’s really not any better way to live! And ultimately God is our refuge…in spite of all the stuff that happens to us.

Thought for the Day: How well has God protected me?

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