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"Time of Trouble: Terror and Pestilence"

November 5, 2004

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You will not fear the terror of night … nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness. Psalm 91:5-6

The psalmist continues describing times of trouble with the imagery of the terror of night and the pestilence that stalks in the darkness.

We still fear darkness. When a violent storm cuts the electric power supply, we grope for candles. A small child calls out in the night for reassurance.

Dread diseases of mysterious origin strike fear in our hearts. A few years ago Legionnaire’s disease caused much concern nationwide. AIDS, with its terminal nature and contagious character, has created panic worldwide. Sometimes we feel that nothing is safe to eat, drink, wear, drive, or breathe! Sickness, whether acute or chronic, creates a time of trouble which drains our energies and brings discouragement.

We also face spiritual and supernatural troubles. Satan attacks at every opportunity, including at night when we are alone with our thoughts. He wants to rob us of peace by magnifying our guilt. We cannot handle physical or spiritual trouble on our own.

But the psalmist suggests the remedy: He will call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15). God promises to shelter us from danger. He sent His Son to penetrate the darkness as the Light of the world. Triumphant on the cross in the darkness of Good Friday, Jesus lives with us and in us. No physical or spiritual trouble can separate us from His love. He also prepares a heavenly home for us who believe in Him as Savior. Whether endangered by the fowler’s snare or attacked by pestilence in the darkness, we have God as our very present Help in time of trouble.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for rescuing us in time of trouble through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Jeremiah 39, 52, 40    Hebrews 10:19-39

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