By Jerry D.
The world is living in troublesome times with the devastation of the coronavirus. History has recorded many catastrophic events that have taken place such as wars, genocides, terrorisms, famines, wild fires, floods, droughts, tornadoes, earthquakes, pestilences, etc. Throughout history the age-long question has always been “Why?” Some would even appear to blame God when stating, “Why does God allow these things to happen?” Simply stated the answer is in the inspired Word of God—the Bible. However, mockers, scoffers, and non-believers in God will ridicule that answer because “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalm 14:1). Proverb 26:12 says, “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
The answer to “Why?” is simply, are we obeying or disobeying God?
Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)
God will do or allow things to happen in order to get our attention so that we will repent of disobedience and turn back to Him.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Accepting the answer to the question of “Why?” is the answer to the question “What is the Cure?.”
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. (Habakkuk 2:20)
Fortunately, some will seek the shadow of the Almighty while unfortunately, some will continue in the shadow of the worldly. Consider the analogy between Psalm 91:1-6 and Isaiah 30:1-3:
(Psalm 91:1-6) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. (emphasis added)
(Isaiah 30:1-3) Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! [Pharaoh / Egypt represent those and the things of the world rather than seeking God’s ways; that is, wise in their own conceit]. Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. (emphasis added)
And consider the following verses (emphasis added):
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” (Psalm 17:8)
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:20)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (Psalm 57:1)
In order to be in the secret place or shadow of the Almighty rather than in the shadow of the worldly, a person must be in very close proximity to the one casting the shadow. Consider the hymn by the anonymous author, Just A Closer Walk With Thee
I am weak but thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong.
I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk,
Let me walk close to thee.
Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee.
When my feeble life is over,
Time for me will be no more.
Guide me gently, safely over
To thy kingdom shore, to thy shore.
Just a closer walk with thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea.
Daily walking close to thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
There is no closer walk with the Lord Christ Jesus than having the assurance of forgiveness because of trusting in His death, burial, resurrection, and His shed blood on Calvary for your sin.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.(John 3:16-18)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)
It is comforting in both the pleasant times and the not-so-pleasant times to know and claim the promises of the Lord God Christ Jesus. He knows who and where you are, and He is never any further away from you than your next thought of Him.
But in every nation he that feareth [respect] him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts 10:35
Let your conversation [every day live style] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5, emphasis added)
Jerry D. is a 77-year-old volunteer chaplain to nursing homes, jails, and senior living apartments.
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