“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalms 91:1)
In the face of the pandemic, many are feeling anxious or stressed about COVID-19. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this. In these stressful times, we can find peace and rest in the Lord. For “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). In whatever troubles we face today, God is the place of refuge we can run to. He is our safe place.
In the Greco-Roman era, warfare was up-close, sanguinary, and lethal. The Greeks and Romans, who were the masters of warfare, often employed the phalanx—a military formation consisting of rows of heavily armored soldiers with full-body shield and spear. A single soldier who was not in this formation was very vulnerable in battle; the chances of him deserting the battlefield were very high. The phalanx, therefore, was a reassuring source of protection and courage. It was a very simple formation–one simply lined up, with comrades to the left and right–but it proved to be overwhelmingly effective, as this formation allowed Alexander the Great to defeat armies that were over twice their size, taking over the known world.