December 13, 2019
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. – Psalm 121:7-8
A couple of days ago, I chatted by phone with a friend who lives in Shanghai, China. Concern was evident in her voice as she told me that a typhoon was headed in their direction. She said schools and businesses had been shut down throughout the city in anticipation of record winds and torrential rain. Later in the day, I heard on the news that more than two million people had evacuated the city and areas along China’s eastern coast, fleeing from the killer typhoon “Wipha” that was bearing down on the area. Thankfully, the storm skirted densely populated Shanghai, and though it brought winds of one hundred miles per hour when it hit land, it was still more moderate than forecasters had feared. Even so, the typhoon destroyed more than 9,600 houses and damaged 42,000 others. Given that tremendous destruction, I was relieved to hear that my friend and her family were safe and sound.
While forecasters in our day have refined the science of storm prediction and tracking to a remarkable degree, in our Christian lives we are often unaware that a spiritual storm is on the horizon. Many times we have no specific warning that a spiritual “typhoon” is about to slam into us, nor do experts predict what the velocity of the winds will be when they hit. No one alerts us to board up our spiritual windows and doors, and stay home until the storm blows over.
Yet, despite the many unknowns of a spiritual storm, as Christians we can live without fear. We can have confidence that the storms which will inevitably come will not devastate us. We have a refuge and a spiritual fortress which offers guaranteed protection—God Himself promises to preserve us and keep us safe! No matter how fierce Satan’s attack may be, no matter how hard the gale winds of trouble may blow, we can have confidence in God. He promises to preserve our going out and our coming in, not just today and tomorrow, but “forevermore!”
You can’t get any better security than that!