Psalm 91: 5-7 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.”
The psalmist covers a lot in these few words and then tells us not to fear. And years later after serving his Lord many years, the disciple John wrote these words. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love, and we love because God first loved us.” (based on 1 John 4: 18-19).
I have read the words fear not is found in the Bible at least 365 times: one for each day of the year. Since fear is said to be an inborn emotion, believers and unbelievers alike will cope with fear. And all will be targets of suffering, disease, and death, but the difference is that believers need not fear these adversities: for God is their refuge and strength during difficult times. But how are believers suffering these adversities to accept the promise that a thousand may fall at our side and ten thousand at our right hand, but will not come near us?
Believers and non believers live in a sinful world, and God allows sun to shine on the just and unjust, but one day tares will be separated from wheat. And except for God’s love and wisdom all of us would be devoured by the deadly pestilence.
One writer said this psalm is really a testimony of what one chooses to do on occasion in the past, an assurance of what He is capable of doing today, and is a beautiful portrait of God, His great omnipotence, and what he can do in the future. So Christians are not immune to disease; I know that from my own life experiences. During childhood, our family was plagued by malaria, caused by mosquitoes which transmitted parasites in the bloodstream. Now many years later I’m very susceptible to pneumonia.
Heavenly Father, throughout life, from birth until death, mankind is plagued with problems and disease, but we are thankful for Your protection and love, and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.