When you take refuge under the protective wings of God, you have nothing left to be afraid of.
Does that mean you’ll never be hurt? Never get sick? Never lose a job or a relationship? No. Welcome to planet earth, where bad things happen because of the existence of sin, and even God’s people are not exempt from pain and suffering.
God has promised that all of our pain and suffering will matter forever. He will use it all for your good! See, God has redeemed you, and there is a sense in which he has redeemed everything that happens to you as well. What Satan means for evil, God promises to use for your growth. What might have destroyed you without the covering of God’s grace and protection can never destroy you now because God has promised to use it.
And that’s why the psalmist said:
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
~ Psalm 91:5-8 NIV
Nightfall will come.
Arrows (and bullets and missiles) will fly.
Viruses will spread.
But God has promised in advance to protect you from eternity’s viewpoint. You get to claim two great assurances:
- God can and will protect you from harm because he loves you, he has redeemed you, and he has promised to watch over you.
- When God desires that you graduate from this place of pain to an eternal home of peace through death, he’ll protect you through that, too.
You can’t avoid all pain in this world. You can’t eliminate all the threats. You’ll never escape all the hurt.
But you don’t have to fear it. You don’t have to worry about it.
God’s got this.