“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
I remember a quote from the past. “There’s no place like home.”
Sure travel can be refreshing, but when you arrive back home and climb into your own bed it sure feels good. Why does it feel so good? It feels good because home to most of us means safety and security. No worries that the guy in the next room may lock the bathroom door as he showers and then forget to unlock it. No thoughts about forgetting something in the morning.
At home you can be yourself and deal with the world later. Don’t you just love it?
God, our verse says, is our refuge. With God we can be real and not stress over every little thing. He already knows all about us so we don’t have any reason to pretend. And still he loves us. His love doesn’t go away on a PMS day. When your world falls apart he doesn’t leave. You can count on him. With him you can get through it.
God is our refuge, but he is also our strength. “I just can’t do this anymore,” says the depressed person. Yeah I get it. Sometimes I just wish I could be done with life. Still it ain’t over and I must continue on. How can I? Take a lesson of sorts from the banks. Get strength from the God ATM. At least he doesn’t charge for what we get. Another verse comes to mind. “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.” Thus the ATM of sorts is prayer and awaiting God’s timing. Trust God to pay your bill, your strength bill, on time, providing just what you need to get through this.
And God is a very present help in trouble. “Where is God when I need him,” says the frustrated soul. He is right there with you as you journey through. Unlike most humans God doesn’t run away when you need him most. Oh people do that. Many are the times a man or woman has broken off relationship with me because they didn’t want to deal with my issues. God isn’t like that.
God actually does what State Farm Insurance claims to do. Like a good neighbor Jesus is there. Ok so I hijacked their commercial, but oh how true. You do not suffer all alone. God is not absent along with everyone else. Turn to him. Let him help.
As that old hymn states, “He is able to deliver thee.”
These morning meditations written by Christian believer and author, Patricia Hawkins, who offers these meditations for your personal edification. You may contact Patricia at email@example.com.