God is Our Refuge

What in life is really constant?  Really safe, stable, secure?

These times we live in, they are scary.   Terrorists are attacking around the globe and around the corner.  Our political arena is lacking integrity and God-fearing individuals.  Costs are rising as bank accounts dwindle.   Rallies and protests are striking a chord in America, driving a wedge between people groups and law enforcement.

What is there to hold on to in the midst of chaos and confusion?

Psalm 46:1 and 2 states:

 “God is our refuge and our strength; always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when the earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”

You may have heard this verse before, but I challenge you to take a moment and ponder this:  What would it take for a mountain to crumble into the sea?  A pretty big disruption of the earth’s status quo.  Plates shifting, millions of tons of earth tumbling down into the ocean.  No small thing, that’s for sure. my_rock_and_refuge-title-2-still-16x9

This shift in the earth’s land mass can parallel disruption in our own life.  Whether it be politics, finances, or safety, a stress in any of these areas can cause a major disruption in our status quo, causing us to be scared.  Yet, God’s word tells us we are not to fear when these things come because God is our refuge and strength.

He is our safe place, our stability, our security.

If you continue reading in Psalm 46, you will see that God is in control of everything.  He’s in control of people and leaders: He causes wars to end throughout the earth.

He’s in control of geology: He speaks and the earth melts.

He’s in control of the spiritual realm:  He is the leader of Heaven’s Army.

To top it all, the 46th Psalm is actually a prophetic picture of God coming to establish his kingdom on earth.

At the end of the day, Jesus has the power to break the bow and shatter the spear, making all destruction and strife come an end.  Everyone will know that he is King.  He will be exalted among the nations.  In the end, he wins.

So how do we deal with upheaval and unruliness and an upside down world?

We slow down, rest, and be still.  All the while we meditate on the fact that he is God.  He has a plan despite a world that seems to be spiraling out of control.  Because that’s what the enemy wants you to believe.  That God is not in control due to the dismal news report blaring at us each day.

I know, I know.  Much easier said than done.

Shall we do it together this week?  Practice being still long enough to rest in his sovereignty.  Let’s do this, show the world we aren’t afraid of what it has to offer.  That what our God has to offer instead of fear is a place of safety and refuge.


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