Sometimes we fret, and often faint from fear, when we find ourselves in the midst of danger. But an insight into Psalms 91:7-8 suggests a reason why God would sometimes allow us to be found in the midst of danger.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Any situation where thousands get thrown down to the left and to the right would be a situation of great danger. No one would stray about in such a place with the hands in the pocket and the head proudly high. It would be a place of utmost caution.
Why would the Lord let any person, His own person, be in such a situation, and be the minority exemption from the majority disaster? Verse 8 offers the reason: so that the person would be able to come out with a firsthand, personal report of God’s faithfulness to and protection of the righteous as well as His reward to the wicked.
When next you find yourself in the midst of an overwhelming conflagration, realize that you are God’s untouchable news reporter ‘embedded’ in the midst of the crisis, to give reliable testimony of God’s goodness to the righteous, and His retribution to the wicked. Remember the three Hebrew youths in Nebuchadzzar’s fire (Daniel 3:13-30).
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19).
From The Preacher’s diary.