God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Psalm 46 is a wonderful place to park and allow God’s Word to comfort, guide and strengthen you. If we truly take refuge in Him at the first sign of trouble He can guide us through, and it enables Him to fulfill His promises to us. A refuge is to shelter and protect us from danger. Taking refuge in God alone, means we can have complete safety in Him. This world offers nothing that compares with the promises of God. But He cannot fulfill to you what you do not know.
He promises us strength and power greater than ourselves. This is the same Word Jesus uses in Acts 1:8 when He promises to give us power with the coming of the Holy Spirit who now lives inside of us. God is our ever present Helper, the one who loves and cares enough about us to make available and share His unlimited resources. How amazing is this truth! But if you are like me, I tend to limit God by my own limited understanding. We limit Him in our lives when we try to pull Him down to our level of understanding when He is God. God can’t be made to fit in our boxes we create for Him. He will not comply. If He did He wouldn’t be God. He told us His people have to live by faith; faith in something much bigger than ourselves.
The Psalm ends with this scripture:
"Cease striving and know 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 stronghold."
Truth will always prevail. We can do nothing against the truth. He instructs us to be still, cease striving, and know He is God. When we position ourselves in this quiet place before Him, this is where He becomes our refuge and strength. We get our eyes off the temporal circumstances onto the eternal reality He is God. And if we will lose control, and allow Him to be God in our lives He can fulfill His promise to be a very present help in times of trouble.
I would like to insert an additional scripture out of Hebrews 4:16:
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
May we all become obedient to the Word He has given us this morning, that He might be enabled to fulfill His promises in our lives. They are always faithful and true for our God cannot lie. (Hebrews 6:18)
In His love.
What fun to be thrown back into childhood sledding this winter!