by Pastor Wayne Doolin
First Baptist Church
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I trust!’” The last three months, and the last three weeks have caused great hurt and havoc in people’s lives. The need for a shelter and a refuge has probably never been seen more clearly. Those who have been struck by the virus and the families who have not been allowed to visit, health care workers caring for those who are ill and then fearful for their own families, first responders who will face a fire or physical violence and their families as they face an attacker that cannot be seen, those who have lost jobs and families who have had to close their business; and then recently the hurt of two families who lost their son and brother, a community who is dealing with the issue of his horrific death, and a nation moving from the freedom of expression to riot and destruction of other people’s lives and property.
The Bible is filled with stories of hurt and pain. We are sinful people in need of a great Savior. Only Jesus Christ can show us the path to dealing with our self-centeredness and arrogance. Loving others more than self. Loving and forgiving those who do harm will free you from the need of anger and revenge.
The virus and the violence have brought fear into the lives of many, what is the answer? The only solution to all of the world’s problems is to draw close to him and to allow his Spirit control of your decision-making and life, to abide in him. Every few years we see a ravaging illness or disease, hatred and animosity are always present in our world; only the Most High is the one constant to whom we can turn and place our trust.
Whatever you are dealing with today, turn it over to him! Rest in the shadow of his wing and trust wherever he takes you. Read Psalm 91 and receive his comfort.