Surrounded by Evil

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Surely, we live in strange world these days. I smell socialism the moment I step outside of the walls of my home. It is impossible to escape hearing about Covid-19 and the mandate to social distancing, wear a mask and wash our hands constantly. Our freedom has been increasingly compromised. Psalm 91:5-6 tells us,

You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. (ESV)

We are living in a time where it seems like we are surrounded by evil. We have arrows coming at us during the day; this is “…a hunting and military missile shot from a bow.”[1] Every day as we step out of our homes these arrows are coming at us. Arrows of diverse temptations, arrows of depression, frustration and others coming at us from different directions. By noon we are facing destruction and come the night with are facing terror and pestilence or decease. These are the dark forces we are against every single day. However, as believers we are commanded by the Lord not to fear neither one of this dark forces. The formula to face each day is very simple:

  1. We must dwell in the shelter of the Most High (Psalm 91:1): We must be in his presence. We must seek his presence more than anything else in the world.
  2. We must trust God: (Psalm 91:2) We can’t walk around in fear like everybody else. 

After we resolved in our spirits that we will indeed seek God’s presence and make that our priority and, after we resolve our issues of mistrust and totally place our trust in God then we can: Find refuge in God no matter the situation (v. 2), experience deliverance and breakthroughs in our lives (v. 3), escape the snares of the adversary (v. 3), find refuge under the shadow of God’s wings (v. 4), be satisfy with a long life (v. 16), experience divine protection (v. 7) and experience his salvation (v.16

Beloved, as you see many around us enslaved by the government, social media and the press’ pessimistic and tragic narratives, you can be confident in our God. Our God is greater than the god of this world and, He promise to never to leave you nor forsake us. 


[1] Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 367.

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