9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
Psalm 91:9-10 (NKJV)
Welcome to my series in Psalm 91. Verse 9 above is the repetition of Verse 1. Why is there a need for repetition on a verse that is just 8 verses away? Obviously, God must have think of this as very important. All the promises in this psalm will only work when all the conditions in this verse are fulfilled. We have to make the Lord our refuge and shelter. This means we need to trust in him. No matter how bad the external situation looks like, we got to believe that our God is able to deliver us out of them and bring us to victory.
Verse 10 gives us 2 promises if we abide by the conditions in Verse1, which are repeated in Verse 9.
No evil will conquer you
No plague will come near your home.
Let us start with the first one. What is evil? If you ask the theologians, they tell you that anyone who does not obey their theology is evil. This means God is also evil. Let us find out what the dictionary says.
E”vil\ ([=e]”v’l) n.
1. Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; — opposed to good.
Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought. –Milton.
The evil that men do lives after them. –Shak.
2. Moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will of the Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful human authority; disposition to do wrong; moral offence; wickedness; depravity.
The heart of the sons of men is full of evil. –Eccl. ix. 3.
3. malady or disease; especially in the phrase king’s evil, the scrofula. [R.] –Shak.
He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil. –Addison.
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary
In short, evil is the absence or opposite of good. It covers both moral and physical. I like the first definition:
“Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; — opposed to good.”
Anything that deprives you from good, causes you to suffer in any way (both physical and spiritual) is evil. Is theology evil? All you have to do is to look at the comments from the theologians in this blog. One of them even dared to write a prayer that asks God to give him sickness and poverty. Is that not enough proof that these people are depraved?
In case somebody is wondering why do I allow free access to anyone including theologians to write abusive and condemning words on me, the reason is simple. I want them to prove me right. Through their words, you can see for yourself how sickening theology can be. In the minds of the theologians, God is a sadist who loves to make you suffer for his glory. In other words, God loves to impose evil on you.
Yet, the above verse tells us otherwise. God promised that evil will not conquer us. There is good news and a bad news here. The bad news is, evil does exist and it can come to us. The good news, even if it comes, God has guaranteed that it will not conquer us.
We are living in the real world. We face all types of evil everyday. We face the risk of lack, sickness, harm and types of disappointments. Even as you read this blog now, there are many Christians struggling against poverty, sickness and other forms of trials. Challenges are inevitable but that does not mean we must give in. As believers, we are in the world but not of the world. We may face all types of evils but we do not have to give in to them and allow them to conquer us. Why? He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. God has guaranteed us that no evil will conquer us and he is a person of integrity.
The second promise in Verse 10 is no plague will come near your home. Let us read what the dictionary is telling us about it.
Main Entry: plague
1 : an epidemic disease causing a high rate of mortality : PESTILENCE plague of cholera>
2 : a virulent contagious febrile disease that is caused by abacterium of the genus Yersinia (Y. pestis syn. Pasteurella pestis), that occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic forms, and that is usually transmitted from rats to humans bythe bite of infected fleas (as in bubonic plague) or directly from person to person (as in pneumonic plague) called also black death
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary
When a plague happens, many people will get infected easily and will die. It is a disaster. Despite our progress in medical science, plagues still happen. The human race is not the only one who knows how to progress. The bacteria and virus can do the same. In other words, plagues can still happen but God promised that it will not come near our house.
In case some people are asking on Christians who died of plagues, please read my previous article. I have addressed this issue and do not wish to repeat it in this blog. In Singapore we have a recent plague called SARS. There is an interesting story behind this.
The first person in Singapore identified to be infected by SARS is a Christian lady. She was hospitalized. Her pastor went to visit her and prayed for her. The pastor got infected and died. So, the common Christians’ carnal belief was, since a pastor can die of SARS, surely being a Christian does not spare you from this plague. It is clear that they have never read or refused to believe in Psalm 91:10. They think God is a liar.
This is the problem of being carnal minded. If you are carnal minded, you can only see the negative. In the above story, there is a positive outcome. The lady whom the pastor prayed for had recovered. So, the pastor’s prayers actually worked. Let us look at this logically. If the death of the pastor means Christians are not immune to SARS, then the recovery of the person this pastor prayed for must mean a Christian’s prayers can overcome the effect of SARS!
Some may ask, “Didn’t the pastor pray for himself?” The answer is I don’t know. All I know is the person he prayed for got well. His prayer worked. This is my message here. You can pray your way out of every evil and plague if you pray in faith.
God is a person of integrity. He will fulfill his promises.