"Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you." – Luke 10:19
It has always been a gripe of mine that Christians often take Bible verses that were written to a specific audience and then try and generalize that verse so as to make it apply to everyone. The most common example of this is Jeremiah 29:11 ("For I know the plans I have for you…plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope"). Jeremiah 29:11 was addressed to Israel, based upon them having a repentant heart. But we tend to hear it being applied to every believer regardless of what is going on in their life.
With that in mind, it is important to note the context of Luke 10:19 (quoted above). Luke 10:19 was addressed to the 72 followers of Christ who had been sent out by Christ. It was not addressed to you or to me.
But here is the catch: in Romans 16:20, the apostle Paul takes the kind of promise that we read here in Luke 10 and applies it to all believers. For there he writes, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet." That is to say, Paul saw Christ's promise of protection to the 72 having a wider application.
Recently I was talking to someone about this Luke 10:19 statement about how "nothing shall hurt you." I said, "The direct application of this text was the 72, but I believe there is an application to be made to all who live in service to our Lord and King." In all fairness, I then noted that it was Jonathan Edwards, the great preacher and Christian writer of the 18th century, who in volunteering to try a smallpox vaccine, died from that vaccine. But then I added, "But what testimony did even THAT leave to those who were around Edwards?"
I know that some of you reading this are fearful about the coronavirus. You're afraid that you might get the virus and that it will kill you. Statistically, they have been saying all along that they expect 70-80% of the American public to get the coronavirus, sooner or later. So hoping that you will not get the coronavirus is, if they are correct, just wishful thinking. Some say, "Well, I'm waiting for the vaccine." Depending upon whom you read, that may be a very long wait. It is impossible to say. Some say, "If I get it I may die." Yes, and if you drive a car you may die; if you go golfing you may get hit by lightning (or a badly hit ball depending upon whom you are golfing with!); if you go swimming you may drown; if you eat chicken you choke on a bone; if you go for a walk you may get hit by a car; if you go outside you may be stung by a bee; if you… There is no end to this.
A farmer was once observed not planting anything in his fields. So a neighbor asked, "What's with your not planting anything this year? You usually plant corn."
The farmer replied, "I would, but I'm afraid of blight."
"What about potatoes?"
"Afraid of potato bugs."
"Afraid of beetles."
"Well what ARE you planting?"
"Nothing," the farmer replied. "I'm just playing it safe."
Well, you can play it safe but while you are playing it safe LIFE IS PASSING YOU BY and you are missing out being used by God in the way that he intended.
So be done with your fear my brothers and sisters. Trust that truly "nothing will hurt you," that God's angels will watch over you and protect you (Psalm 91:11-12), and that the weeks and months ahead may become productive for Christ and His Kingdom!