(A Look at God through the lens of Psalm 46) What do we do when trouble comes? Who should we look to? Where does our hope lie? Last night, a friend of mine asked this question on Facebook, and I think it bears repeating: "where are the posts we saw before Corona Virus that proudly and boldly stated God is in Control?" When our spouses, our children, our neighbors, our parents, our friends, our enemies, our coworkers and whomever else God has placed in to our lives looks back in times of trouble, what, or more specifically, who will they see in us during these times? Church, when it comes down to it, I want to ask: where is your help and hope? I'm not saying we should be reckless. The Bible says we should ask for wisdom, and seek discernment. However, Jesus also says "who ever seeks to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, then he will find it." (Matthew 16: 25) Let us take a look at the Faith and wisdom of the Psalmist of the Sons of Korah (Psalm 46):
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present[b] help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
Do you feel this way toward the Lord right now? Is He your fortress and source of strength? Do you feel Him as being very present in this time of trouble? Loved ones, troubles will come, and, though I pray against it, troubles may come worse than what we're facing now. How do you look to the Lord in the raging storm, the pandemic, war, flood, fire, famine and earthquake? Let us look to God as our fortress!
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
God, through His Holy Spirit has come to live in you, Christian! That means we should be immovable! And though flood, and fire, and famine may come, we can stand firm, immovable, because God is our refuge and our strength! Let God stand FOR you. Let Him speak FOR you. Don't stand upon worldly knowledge. Many believers in times of trouble retreat in to fear, as opposed to the Fear of the Lord. Let us stand before the Lord, and let the earth and its troubles tremble as we bow down in fear, and awe, and longing for our God when the tribulations come!
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Psalm 46:1 Or well proved