A friend from work was telling me the other day about a certain church that sat right next to the World Trade Center twin towers, before they were tragically destroyed on 9/11. Do you remember seeing the news coverage of people running from the towers, running from stores and shops and businesses that were blocks from the towers? Especially when the towers toppled down. It looked like destruction spanned for blocks and blocks. But that church I just mentioned — it was completely unscathed. It wasn’t destroyed by the debris. It didn’t topple over. No, it was fine. In fact, that church went on to offer food and supplies to the people whose lives were turned upside down by that devastating event. That church became a resting place for the fireman and emergency workers working non-stop to save people from the debris surrounding the towers. As my friend finished telling me this story, she reminded me of Psalm 91: A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes. … If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (verses 7-11).
What an amazing illustration of God’s promise to protect His children. And we can apply those same promises to the economic disaster that looms over our country and many countries around the world. Imagine yourself — like that church, propped up right against destruction, and yet remaining completely unscathed. In other words, people at your job may be being laid off right and left. But you need to stand on the promises God’s given you, knowing that even though “a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, [that no such thing will] come near you.” Are your stocks plummeting? Did your spouse lose their job? Have you lost your job? Have you received a foreclosure notice in the mail? Are you laying awake at night, in fear, of all of the negative reports on the news? Get your eyes off the circumstances! The righteous walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38). Stop putting your trust in hearsay, in news reports, in polls and lift your eyes to God.
“Because he loves Me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15)