Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
Perhaps this is a very good time to recall both the good news and the warnings embedded in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:
But how to get close to and stay beneath “God’s wings” is the question.
Consider (emphasis added):
“Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live; (Isaiah 55:3)
I love those who love me and those who seek me find me. (Psalm 8:17),
(Drawing) nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…(by cleansing) your hands…(purifying) your hearts.” (James 4:8). In a nuthsell: by turning to, or back to, Jesus Christ.
[He] so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Frustration and hopelessness might assail at every turn these days, but “it ain’t over” til the last three chapters of the Book of Revelation. (Now there’s a contrast of BIBLICAL proportions!)
Keep “looking upward,” stay in the Word of God, and carry on, for here is one more precious promise:
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
**From Matthew Poole’s commentary on John 16:33:
be of good cheer, ( saith Jesus),
I have overcome the world; where by world is to be understood, all temptations from it, whether from the flatteries or from the frowns and troubles of it. We are said to overcome the world, but we overcome it as soldiers, fighting under Christ, who is the Captain of our salvation, and his victory is our victory, 1Jo 4:4 5:4,5. Christ overcame the prince of the world, and cast him out, as we heard before; and he hath overcome sin, and we in him, in the midst of all tribulations, are more than conquerors through him that loved us, Romans 8:37. This was our Saviour’s last sermon which we have upon sacred record in holy writ.
Here is a free devotional based on all the verses from Psalm 91 with more on the topic of God’s care and His rescue power in the lives of all who seek shelter in Him.