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Devotionals 1998 - 2001

Terror in the Night
May 29, 2001 • By Ed Wrather

This morning 06.14.17 there was a shooting at an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field where there were Congress people and staff practicing for a benefit game. Four people wounded in addition to the terrorist. 

 

In London, last night there was a fire in a 27-story apartment building with at least six dead and many injured. It unknown at this time whether or not this fire was the result of a terrorist attack.

 

May the God of all comfort give comfort and healing to all those affected. Let us pray for the hate of this world to be replaced by love.

  

Terror in the Night 

 

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. - Psalm 91:5-6. 

 

A family in Redlands, California understands very clearly what is meant by the terror by night. Just a couple of weeks ago, a mountain lion crashed through their closed dining-room window shattering the glass. The lion then ran down a hallway, and through the bedroom, where their six-year-old and three-year-old children were sleeping. The lion then crashed through the closed bedroom window. Mountain lions are having more and more encounters with people, and attacking people more frequently in the United States.  

 

There are so many potential dangers, which can threaten our lives and that of our loved ones. To dwell upon these threats can almost bring about a paralysis, which would hinder every area of our lives. What a comfort to understand that we who are the children of God are under His protection, and the watchful eyes of His angels. The Psalmist says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).” In verse 11 the Psalmist says, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”  

 

When the terrors of this world seem overwhelming, and pressing in from all sides, we must look as the Psalmist did to the Lord God and say with him, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust (Psalm 91:2).’” If the Lord God is our refuge and dwelling place (v.9) we can walk in confidence through the terrors of the dark and of the day.


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