God our refuge and strength
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Psalm 46:1-5, 7
God provides refuge to those that trust Him. When the Israelites were threatened to be taken over by the Assyrians, Hezekiah was scared. They were told to give up and stop trusting their God for He will not rescue them. The prophet Isaiah came and provided Hezekiah words of assurance that lifted up his spirit. Hezekiah went to the Lord to pray. “Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God” (Isaiah 37:20). When you are in a situation that seemed to be impossible to get out of, there is a great temptation to begin to waver in your faith. When life’s storms seemed to pound you hard, do not forget that in God you can find refuge. As the Psalmist declared, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” God is not distant! He is there to provide you strength and guidance when you are in a bind or in a tight place. Times of trials and testing are God’s opportunities to manifest His presence. One of the titles the Lord Jesus Christ was referred to in the New Testament was the term “Savior.” The term was used twenty four times and is only applied to Christ. When Mary realized that she will give birth to Jesus, she expressed her joy and the realization that Jesus Christ is her Savior. “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!” (Luke 1:46-47). In Christ, you are secured for He is strong and superior. If you ever want to experience the ever presence of God in your life, you have to believe and trust Him. “For our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers” (1 Timothy 4:10).