In today’s reading of Psalm 91, we learn that God provides us with shelter from the workings of the Evil One. If only we call to him in our distress he will provide us with refuge and will give us the surety that nothing of this world can separate us from our dwelling place in the house of the Lord.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
from the destroying pestilence.
With his pinions he will cover you,
and under his wings you shall take refuge.
Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress.
Does this mean that we will never suffer? Of course not. But God will be with us in our distress and will comfort us and ease our burden. He who suffered so greatly so that we can be saved understands the true meaning of suffering. Suffering exists so that we can share in the wounds of the crucifixion of Christ that brought life out of death.
Cling to the Lord and he will deliver you.