God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Have you ever said of someone, “He doesn’t know when to leave,” or “I thought she would never go home?”
My daddy suffered from that malady. He often showed up at somebody’s house in another state and then he’d ask if we could stay a few days. To my knowledge, we were never turned away, but I can only imagine what our hosts must have thought about our surprise visits.
However, some visitors we wish would stay longer because we place great value on their company. Having them with us lifts our spirits, comforts us, and even gives us an opportunity to share our burdens.
Well, I don’t want to suggest for a moment that God is merely a visitor or a house guest. He is so much more. He is, in fact, the head of our forever family, and in today’s focus text we are reminded that God is “ever-present.” We can count on Him to be with us — and “help” us whenever we have troubles. Who better to be with us in hard times?
For several days, we’ve looked at suffering and how God helps us in those times. We learned that through Christ we are strengthened for everything we face, which results in contentment. Also, we gain strength by studying and believing His word. And in today’s focus text we are reminded that God is “ever-present” when we are troubled.
Let’s stop here for a moment and consider this exciting revelation. When you are in trouble, God is there to help. Not maybe or occasionally — but whenever you are in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 begins with this affirmation. “God is our refuge and strength.” He doesn’t just give us strength. God IS our strength. When we can’t stand on our own, we can lean on Him, endure via His strength. The old folks called it, Leaning On the Everlasting Arms.
God IS our refuge. A refuge is a safe-haven, where you can find rest for your weary soul.
Our world has lost sight of this important Christian principle. Colleges are implementing safe zones, places designated to protect student’s feelings from thoughts and ideas that hurt them. I don’t want to be unkind, but hurt feelings are a part of living that are unavoidable. Coddling and hiding from reality makes us weaker — not stronger. We need to learn to deal with problems — not run from them.
Troubles are part of life and God wants to help you through them. If the storm becomes too much, He is your refuge, but ultimately He is your strength.
Jesus didn’t run from the suffering of the cross, and His disciples didn’t hide from trouble resulting from doing His work. In fact, most of them gave their lives in their service for Him.
We endure life’s troubles with His help and in His strength and hold to the promise of the ultimate safe zone, which is eternity with the Lord in His heaven.
The only right way to be pampered and coddled is God’s way. He uses suffering and hardship to teach and grow us in the faith that we might strengthen others. He is our “ever-present help in trouble.” And my friend, if you’ve got that, you need nothing else. There is no better help anywhere, anytime, anyway, anyhow.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.