Friday, November 8, 2019
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Maybe you’ve had some tough times lately. I can think of several in our congregation who are dealing with serious medical issues. The temptation is there to be afraid of an uncertain future and the worry of loss. We question how to be sure of God’s support through a crisis when it feels as though one is alone without resources to help.
On days when you’re not sure that you are able to cope with what is before you, read these words again. These are awesome words of praise, to remind us of the greatness of our God. Let your heart quiet as you contemplate how God is your refuge and strength. Hide in the Lord as one finds shelter in a safe place. Imagine how God’s arms are around you, holding you close.
To say that God is strong means that God is more powerful than whatever forces are taking you down into an abyss of despair. God can restore your hope that a good future is ahead, even if it is a promise that is fulfilled after this earthly life is complete. God is stronger than death, for he raised Jesus Christ from the grave. Christ our savior lives, and so we are also promised eternal life in him.
Can we believe it? Can we hold on to these promises and grab hold of God’s hand reaching out for us in the midst of our trials? Maybe we’re over a cliff and the thin branch holding us is about to give way. God will never abandon us, through medical procedures, through heartbreak over family, through natural disasters and confusion and the ravages of time.
There will be a day when this earth will cease to be, when the mountains fall into the heart of the sea the way huge icebergs are breaking off in Antarctica and Greenland. Even if the worse we can imagine does happen, still then we are not left bereft and alone. Praise God for his strength, for his comfort, for his peace, for his redemption and promises given in our savior Jesus Christ.
Dear God, let me keep my gaze firmly fixed on you despite whatever trials are before me today. Let me not despair or be overwhelmed but look to you to find the peace you offer that is beyond human understanding. I need you, Lord, to find victory in the midst of a battle. Let me turn my heart over to you and surrender completely, for then I will find peace. All praise to you in Christ my savior. Amen.