Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Refuge and Strength

 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 

Refuge and Strength

Psalm 46 is perhaps one of the most loved Psalms written, and rightly so. When life is at its best or at its worst, God is the One who stands alone as both our refuge and our strength. Only through Christ can we honestly say we have no fear even if the very earth we stand upon is removed.

No matter where we are and no matter what the circumstances, God provides us with a refuge. Even in the middle of the greatest danger and confusion, we can simply close our eyes and we are suddenly alone with God. When all of our friends and family shun us, God is ever present in our thoughts and in our life. No, we may not be able to physically see Him, but His presence is always there to comfort and to guide. 

What do we fear the most? Do we fear being destitute with no money or any means of provision for ourselves and for those who depend upon us for support? Do we fear the loss of all of our friends? Do we fear being overcome by sickness or disease, or perhaps becoming crippled? Do we fear the death of our loved ones? Can we honestly say that we trust God to be with us in those times, or do we just say that because that is what is expected of a Christian?

I know that we will never understand everything there is about life, but as a Christian, we certainly have a better perspective as to why God allows certain things to happen. If we never had any adversity in our lives, how would we learn to trust God? Or, how would we even know that we really do trust God? 

For years, I head people say that when the difficulties come, God would grant the grace to bear them, yet, until I experienced it for myself, I secretly wondered if my faith would hold me up in those difficult days. 

Being older gives one the perspective of years, not only to view God's help in the times of trouble, but also help in understanding what truly is or is not important in life. In the end, Christ is all! Nothing else really matters. 

What is the worst thing that can happen? The Psalmist says that even if the earth is removed, the mountains are carried into the sea, the water surges and roars, and the mountains shake, he will not fear. Can you say the same?

This same God, in whom the Psalmist trusted, is your God! The Psalmist's faith should be your faith as well! You can safely love and trust Him; He will never leave you or forsake you.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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