“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”
Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV
Today I stand in strength. Not the strength of my body, nor my will, nor my desire, but the strength of my God who has never let me down. He has led me through trial after trial, and empowered me to face all things. I have had want and I have known need, but the Lord has always provided. In the first sign of struggle, I seek the Lord, because I can do nothing for myself. He has rendered me powerless.
I remember when I thought of myself as self-made. I thought that I was the author and finisher of my life. Like Nebuchadnezzar, I surveyed my kingdom and marveled at all I had created. I gave no glory to the God who gave me the strength and life to do anything. I too received correction from above as he brought me low. I wallowed on the ground, eating the grass of humility, completely dependent upon the Lord.
Many in our world are like the Babylonian king of old, surveying what we have created and giving ourselves glory. Just like that, all that we have done is being dashed away. We curse a virus that does not care, and protest against a power that will have its way. We are in the new normal. Only our God is truly a help in this time of trouble.
For many, this is the first time they have known such adversity, for those of us who have seen much darkness, this is just one more incident in a life of many. I have learned that I can go to Jesus. The psalm above, is one of my favorites, as trouble has been a constant companion. I have known God’s help in situations I caused and in those that came out of nowhere. His faithfulness reminds me daily, that I am not in this alone.
The coming months and years will be filled with high times and low times, blessings and troubles. There will be births and deaths, and I know that God will be there through each moment. In peace, I will proclaim the power of my God. Many times, I have been in many medical travails, and those treating me are amazed and the peace I have. I am being sustained by the strength of my God!
I love those moments, when I get to tell someone of the great salvation that only Jesus provides. As I have said many times, in many ways, we are being watched. I am so saddened when I see my brothers and sisters spending more time espousing some conspiracy and virtually none praising our God. In this time of testing, Satan, the deceiver, is enjoying his good fortune as some of those who profess Christ are distracted. They, for the moment, have forgotten whose they are.
Believers, remember that the Lord is for you! He is beyond all governments, all leaders, all lockdowns. He is God in the comfort and the discomfort, in liberty and lockdown. His power cannot be stopped. I thank God that He has many who shine the light no matter what. People who focus on him in the midst of travail.
We who know the Lord have a bright beacon shining high on the hill, far above the fray. He will be there when this pandemic is but a memory. He will be there when the next one comes.
I live in the victory brought by the Lord. Waves of infection will not make me fear, but I will be buoyed upon wave after wave of God’s glory as it fills this world.
I am praying for an awakening, the opening eyes of the blind to salvation, and the reopening of the eyes of the saved to the power and faithfulness of God.
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