The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,
saying, ‘Destroy them!’
So Israel will live in safety;
Jacob will dwell secure
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.
Blessed are you, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is your shield and helper
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.”
- Deuteronomy 33:27-29
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
- Revelation 2:10
“Surely Bible-reading Christians should be the last persons on earth to give way to hysteria. They are redeemed from their past offenses, kept in their present circumstances by the power of an all-powerful God, and their future is safe in His hands. God has promised to support them in the ﬂood, protect them in the fire, feed them in famine, shield them against their enemies, hide them in His safe chambers until the indignation is past and receive them at last into eternal tabernacles.
“If we are called upon to suffer, we may be perfectly sure that we shall be rewarded for every pain and blessed for every tear. Underneath will be the Everlasting Arms and within will be the deep assurance that all is well with our souls. Nothing can separate us from the love of God—not death, nor life, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature.
“This is a big old world, and it is full of the habitations of darkness, but nowhere in its vast expanse is there one thing of which a real Christian need be afraid. Surely a fear-ridden Christian has never examined his or her defenses.”
- A. W. Tozer, This World: Playground or Battleground?
A layered approach.
God is our refuge, but underneath God are the everlasting arms. We are doubly protected. We have those everlasting arms that will give us bear hugs when we are down and out. But even if we are suffering great loss and persecution here on earth, God promises us everlasting life. A bear hug and strength to endure and then a reward on top of that.
Some days on the highway, I wonder if there is a reason to fear. About four or five times on the day this was written, I came to a complete stop and let the crazy person figure out what they were doing. No one hit me but a couple of those times, it was really close. Did God wake them just in time to turn the steering wheel or was God waiting in case they didn’t. It was probably both, but God knew the outcome before it happened or in this case did not happen.
My wife has had so many “near-miss” incidents with her health, that we rely on God each day. Will God give the two of us more tomorrows? Only He knows that.
So, if the big things are all taken care of, why do we worry about the trivial stuff.
We seem to find ways of doing that, but we should not bother.
God has this. For those who love the Lord, there are brighter days and more of them in our future.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.