All The Way He Leads Us

Devotional
Josiah Katumu
JK
Josiah Katumu

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place- the Most High, who is my refuge - no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

"Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."  Psalms 91:1-16

Psalm 91 is a beautiful picture of how God is our refuge in times of turmoil. I suspect many people are panicking and confused about the current situation with Coronavirus. Yet God promises that those who dwell in the shelter of the Most high, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty v.1 I must admit that reading through the whole Psalm does sound like God will rescue us from every trial we face. So why would He not just stop this virus from spreading, we may wonder! While God does promise to protect us, He never promised that we will not face hard times. In fact, the reason He assures us of safety in Him is because in this life we will have to endure trials. God’s presence is ever present with us, even when we don’t feel like it.

As I have prayed and thought about this passage in relation to this virus, I keep wondering maybe God is trying to say something to us! What is He teaching us through this disease that’s spreading like a plague? How are we supposed to respond in times such as these? These are not easy questions, but as I’ve said before, we must not live in fear but faith in God who is mighty to save. I also believe this is an opportunity for us to seek God, let Him lead us and we must follow. We may not where and how everything will play out in the long run, but He does.

Lastly, let me remind you brothers and sisters that this is not the worst thing we have or will ever face. It is comforting to know that this great and powerful God came into the world in order to deal with the worst kind of virus that humanity ever faced. God, through His Son Jesus Christ entered into our sin plagued world in order to save us from death. He who conquered death, sin and satan at the cross still whispers to us in these dark moments saying, “I will be with you in trouble; I will rescue you.” He has done great things for us, He won’t stop now. He will do it! Let us rejoice that we have a wonderful Savior who does all things well!

Reflection: Francis J. Crosby penned these wonderful lyrics. Let us reflect and sing together!

All the way my Savior leads me,
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

All the way my Savior leads me,
Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.

I will miss seeing you all face to face but may the Lord give you peace and comfort your hearts. May His face shine upon you and your loved ones!

In Christ,
Pastor Josiah

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