Daily Inspiration: Psalm 91:3-4
March 17, 2020, 4:00 AM

Psalm 91:3-4

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 

Thought for Today

All the events happening in our world today seem quite new to us. After all, it has been three generations since Americans have experienced something like this quarantine and empty store shelves, apart from localized events. However, this is not new historically. History has seen plenty of plagues and diseases that swept across continents. When we consider how to respond to our current circumstances we discover that, in this instance at least, we may have learned the lessons of history. In 1520 The Plague, also known as “The Black Death,” swept across Europe. When people in Germany started getting sick they asked Martin Luther how they should respond. This was his answer:

 

You ought to think this way: "Very well, by God's decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely." (Martin Luther, Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague)

 

We know that God is on His throne and, while not the cause of the disturbance, ultimately able to affect its outcome. We should continue to heed Dr. Luther’s advice. Being confident in the Lord, we will love others by our presence or absence as best suits their need. Neither imposing ourselves nor neglecting their care. His faithfulness will be our shield and rampart.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father grant me the wisdom to know the right thing to do in every circumstance and the strength of will to do it to my neighbor’s benefit. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and work flow. ― Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. — James Baldwin



Comments

03-17-2020 at 2:46 PM
Linda Fass
Such reassuring words of guidance and comfort!
03-17-2020 at 7:52 AM
Christine Olsen
Helpful words. Thank you.
03-17-2020 at 6:09 AM
Laura & Scott Crockatt
Thank you Pastor for your continual reassurance in words of wisdom. We hope to be home soon, with His guidance.
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