Bible Reading: â€œA thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.â€ (Psalm 91:7)
A thousand and one threats may be so near us as to be at our side, but yet so far away as not to touch us. Whereas an arrow shot at a venture by an aimless, nameless bowman can be guided by God to deliver the fatal blow of divine retribution to a wicked king (see 1 Kings 22:34), a hail of deadly arrows carefully aimed at Godâ€™s faithful children can be divinely reflected so as to miss their target and leave their intended unscathed.
God still makes a difference between Egyptâ€”the worldâ€”and the â€œLand of Goshenâ€ within itâ€”the church (Exodus 8:22; 9:26). While this Christ-rejecting world will certainly suffer the final plagues of Godâ€™s wrath (Revelation 15:1), the Christian, who has received Christ and is therefore not appointed to wrath, will not be touched by them (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
It is always Sennacheribâ€™s armyâ€”the enemy of Godâ€™s peopleâ€”that is blasted by the blight of Godâ€™s destroying angel (2 Kings 19:35-36). Meanwhile, Jerusalemâ€”the people of Godâ€”sleep on in restful repose while being divinely delivered from the amassed forces arrayed against them. Inside Jerusalem it is a peaceful night, but outside the cityâ€™s safe refuge it is a night of stark terror.
Would you come into the ark of Godâ€™s safety today, or will you remain outside under the darkening sky and gathering clouds of the approaching end time tempest? If you refuse Godâ€™s offer of grace, there is no escape from His judgment, but if you receive the gracious gift of salvation afforded you in Christ, then, there is no reason to fear any weapon that is forged against you (Isaiah 54:17).
â€œOur God His chosen people saves
Amongst the dead, amidst the graves.â€