If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Highest your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near you tent.” Psalms 91:9
Even though I am only 50, I thought I had seen it all. However, I have never seen anything impactful like this coronavirus. This is indeed a wake-up call for all of us. Many of us have not seen yet the impact that this virus can have on our health and livelihood. Imagine being in the Caribbean where tourism is our bread and butter and tourists discontinue travelling to your destination, the taxi drivers do not have anyone to take in their taxis, the villas and short term rentals do not have any guests, the staff at these places will have to be reduced, government revenue will be reduced and the list goes on and on. Now from a health perspective, if we do not follow the heed and no vaccine is found soon, the health of many will be jeopardize. We have already seen deaths, but the good news is we have also seen many more recoveries than deaths.
Amid all this crisis, where is your dwelling place? Is it in the Government? Is it in the Health Practitioners? Is it in the Scientists? Is it in the Grocery Stores? Is your dwelling place a place of fear? Is your dwelling place in the Lord?
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.16 With long life will I satisfy him and shew him my salvation.”
The dwelling place of God.
Based on the above scripture, the best dwelling place is to be in the shelter of the Lord. However, in order to be in the shelter of the Lord, you need to come to the shelter. You can come to this dwelling place by accepting the Lord as your personal Saviour. Repent of your sins, stay in the word and do what the word says. While you will be faced with crisis in your life, know that the Lord says he will never leave, nor will he forsake you. Know that you will be protected. No matter how many crises you encountered in your life, they will not come near your dwelling. The key to survival in this dwelling place is to have faith.
Noah was in the shelter of the Lord and was protected from the Flood. Daniel was in the shelter of the Lord and was protected from the Lions. We are in the midst of this coronavirus but if we dwell in the Lord, take heed to the advice, I am confident we too will be protected.
Whether you have money or not, it is always best to be in a place of security, safety and love. That place then is to be in the dwelling place of God where you will find love, peace, comfort and safety.
This coronavirus does not discriminate therefore the rich, the poor, the black and white will all be impacted. However, this is just a season and we must believe in the promise of God that no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. We have to be in right standing with God and in the presence of God. We just can’t say pray and do not live right. We shouldn’t say we are in the shelter of God but yet living in fear. Of course, it is natural to be afraid but if you are in the shelter of God, you need to know for sure that God is your Saviour.