Everything will be alright?

Week beginning: 23rd June, 2019 | By David McIlroy | London

'Because he loves me,' says the LORD, 'I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.'

Psalm 91:14-16 (NIVUK)

Psalm 91 seems to promise God's protection both against enemies and against disease and other natural disasters. Sometimes we enjoy God's deliverance from such troubles but at other times Christians go through the most horrendous experiences. Where is God in such moments?

The devil quoted Psalm 91 verses 11 and 12 to Jesus as part of the second temptation following Jesus' baptism, suggesting that God was offering immunity from suffering. Jesus' rejection of the devil's temptation to throw himself down from the roof of the Temple, and the whole of Jesus' life, show us a more profound truth. God's promise is that God will be with us in our troubles in this life and assures us that we will enjoy the fullness of salvation one day. Whether we are spared a particular trial or are put through a very painful and draining experience, God is with us.

Thank God for those times when he has spared us from disaster, where even though we have made a mistake in our professional or personal life, the worst hasn't happened. Thank God that he is with us even when we have to face something that seems too hard for us to handle, whether illness, opposition at work, or having to take responsibility for something bad that has happened. Rest in the truth that our status and our identity comes from our relationship to God, and not from the job that we happen to do.

Prayer points:

1. Thank God that God is with you even in the toughest times.
2. Ask that God will protect and deliver you from evil this week.
3. Ask God to reveal his presence and his blessings to you whatever your circumstances.
4. Ask God to deepen your love for him and your dependence on him.