The only time you really get to rest in this life is when you find someone you can trust to protect you. And most of the time the only one you can trust completely is God. Everyone else, sooner or later, comes up short. They’re just not there when you really need them most. God is the only One who is really trustworthy. And when you have God to protect you, it’s a lead pipe cinch that nothing bad is going to happen to you. (No evil will befall you) And no catastrophe, no earthquake, no hurricanes, no swine flu, no cancer, and certainly no plague will come near your dwelling.
Yes, I, too, know people who know and love and trust God who have dread diseases, who have experienced floods and tornados and hurricanes and tidal waves; and I don’t know why. Sounds like it’s directly contrary to this verse. It raises the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people, and I don’t know why. But I do know that God loves me (and them) and that He is taking care of them, even if, to the untrained eye, it doesn’t look like it. I know that in the midst of illness and catastrophe and even death, the peace of God that passes all understanding is keeping their hearts and their minds through Christ Jesus our Lord.
You know why? Because down in their hearts, where they live, God is there, because that’s where God lives too. See, that’s what it means when it says “You have made God your refuge and your dwelling place.” Psalm 91:9-12. It means God has made you His dwelling place too; the place where He lives. What a flash that is for me! You just can’t get any better than that! When you’ve got God inside you, you really are fully protected, fully sheltered, fully hidden, fully home, in Him.