“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
Selah (time out)
Brothers and sisters, we have a refuge in God. He is more than faithful, even as events unfold in our lives that can cause us to feel stress, become depressed, and fear. He is a sure and steady anchor in the stormy seas, always holding us fast.
I am a witness of that faithfulness, as He has carried me more than a few times through the minor difficulty of everyday life, and through the cataclysmic events that have shaken me to my core. I have never felt alone and never felt abandoned by my God.
In my deepest, darkest sin, He sought me and drew me, saving me, and cleaning me up for His service. Jesus has set those of us who have been saved, to be His ambassadors to a sick and dying world, seemingly more sick now than ever before.
Reading Psalm 46 this morning was a wonderful reminder, especially after watching the morning news. Our world is in trouble, and it is just the beginning. Even those who do not know the Lord can sense that things are never going to be the same again. But God is everlasting and never changes.
Our great God is truly a ever present help in these days of trouble.
“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalms 46:4-7 NKJV
In the midst of these times, we can walk with the confidence that God is Sovereign, that He is in control, even as the world we live seems not to be so. The god of this world is doing all that he can to create havoc, and it is showing like no time before. Even nature is in an uproar, as all creation groans.
Those of us who have been saved by Jesus, who have been saved by faith, know that one day there is coming a new city, our true forever home, and God and the Lamb will be in it. We know that there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more sin, only gladness.
It will be a place eternal, with no end, and unshakeable.
in these times, Christians can have that unshakability now, as we have been saved by the One who shakes, and has taken up residence in those who have been born again. We can know the peace, even in struggle.
“Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
Psalms 46:8-11 NKJV
All that we are experiencing is like the climax of a grand movie. We see the wars breaking out all over the place, the moral decay being presented openly, and applauded, the daily struggles of believers and unbelievers, feeling the overwhelming stress of living in a world falling apart.
We are like walking trailers, examples of coming attractions, as we work out our salvation before a curious world, simultaneously mocking, and marveling at what the Lord has done.
Each of us has been given a testimony, a human example of works of the Lord. Each of us has seen the Lord declare victory in war with sin and death, as we have been reclaimed. What Jesus has done in us, He will do for the world, when comes to rule and to reign, causes all wars to cease, and bring holiness to this crumbling planet.
Let us be faithful to go and tell of the Good News, as now is the time.
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