Fear and Comfort as We Face Our ‘Invisible Enemy’

“In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us . . . God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.” (Psalm 62:7-8, 11-12 NKJ)

In this time of uncertainty as we fight a battle against an “invisible enemy” we are reminded in these verses in Psalm 62 of how we are to face our enemies and find true comfort in Jesus Christ. Our enemies are many: whether it is another person, people, nation; whether it is the Devil prowling around like a lion seeking whom he may devour; whether it is sin’s effects on our body and soul that daily wars against us feeding our fleshly desires, our selfish ambitions, or just robbing our bodies of physical or mental wellness through sorrow, death or disease, such what we are experiencing in these most recent days.

In our battle against our enemies, visible and invisible, let’s remember that we are to turn to the Lord God (YHWH Elohim) pouring out our hearts before Him, trusting Him to care for us to keep us safe in Him no matter what we go through in this life. Why? He is our salvation and glory; the rock of our strength, our refuge in times of crises such as what we are going through right now. How do we know this? Power belongs to God, who is able to overcome and defeat our enemies, visible and invisible, great and small – there is no power in this world that is greater than the Lord God, the Omnipotent One.

Moreover, as we go to Him crying out to Him in our time of trouble and affliction, let us do so with humble hearts, confessing our sins and forsaking the things of this world and all the worldly attractions and philosophies in true repentance. Let us do so knowing that God will “render to each one according his work” (v. 12). It is a fearsome and awesome truth that ought to strike every person’s heart and soul with fear and trembling, because he or she will all stand before the Righteous Judge, Jesus Christ. The wicked will be condemned to the eternal torments of hell: those who embrace all of the compromise views that undermine the historical record of Scripture, who reject the God who is revealed in the Bible to embrace another God by another name or by ascribing to Him characteristics that are contrary to His self-revelation in His written word. The Righteous Judge will, on the last day, command those who rejected Him as Savior and Lord over all to depart from His presence into utter darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, forever.

Let these images of eternal condemnation be ever present in the mind of those who have rejected Jesus Christ, especially as we face the reality of our own immortality in this time when God has sent a plague upon the world that has reveled in its rebellion, engaging in all sorts of ungodliness, from homosexuality and other sexual sins to the murder of the unborn to lifting up man’s opinions above God’s written revelation to the exaltation of mankind as though it is a god in politics, in education, or science, or any other human endeavor.

Let that fear run through our veins so that we are driven to the God of all mercy. It is in times like this that we are also to remember that the God of all creation, the all powerful, righteous and just God, is also He who is full of mercy, especially to those who belong to Him and by faith come to Him in true repentance, seeking His forgiveness of his sins, salvation, righteousness and everlasting life which are through Jesus Christ alone. Let us weep before the God of mercy for our sins and put our hearty trust in Him through Jesus Christ, our only Savior.

I pray that by the grace of God you will know by faith the comfort of Jesus Christ belongs to you as you cry out Him in this troubling time.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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