As I sit and write this to you, the world is becoming increasingly anxious with news of the global spread of Swine Flu. Talk of threat levels being raised by the World Health Organization and comparisons with previous influenza outbreaks (such as the 1918 'Spanish Flu' when millions of people lost their lives) are creating an atmosphere of fear and anxiety.
This, coming at a time when so many people are already struggling with the consequences of a global financial crisis and recession, means you don't have to look far to see people wrestling to find some kind of security and safety.
The positive aspect of all of this is that it forces us to evaluate where our true security lies. Things are not going to get easier - just read Matthew 24. But in verse 6, Jesus says, 'See that you are not frightened'
Our challenge is, are we ready? Are we prepared? I don't mean have we 'done enough', I simply mean have we discovered enough. Have we rooted ourselves so firmly in our relationship with God that we know His true character and person? Have we surrendered our hearts to Him in such a way that we have let Him truly come and take His place as Lord and King of our lives? Do we fully know what it means to be a child of God because that is the only place we will discover the security and safety that we long for.
Psalm 91 reminds us that we can live in the shelter of the Most High. How precious. How Safe. How Secure. I would encourage you to channel the efforts of your heart and your life into finding this Psalm 91 place. A place where the fear of pandemics and monetary collapse holds no power, and a place where we can truly say "He is Lord!"
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you are a safe and secure shelter. I choose to walk in faith as the Psalmist did, and come under your covering and ask that you will fill me with your peace - even in the midst of human uncertainty. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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