You’ve seen the pictures on the evening news… incredible devastation from all kinds of natural disasters – earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, lightening and hail – homes destroyed, cities devastated, and worst of all people who have been killed or badly injured!
Add to this the threat and devastation of war … the terrible things that people do to people. We’ve all seen those pictures as well. The evening news warns us… “The images you are about to see may be troubling!” No kidding… Not just buildings blown to bits and the twisted metal of destroyed vehicles littering the streets but bloody bodies all over the place with angry people continuing to shoot at one another!
It’s enough to unsettle the most secure person and produce fear and anxiety…
I read a passage this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” that seems to speak to situations just like that… Psalm 46 (I won’t quote it all… just enough to capture the comforting thrust of its message for those who are “God-trusters”…
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble! Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter… The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress! Selah
“Come, behold the works of the Lord… He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still, and know that 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 fortress! Selah “
(from Psalm 46 ESV)
There it is… twice in the same passage – God’s message to “God-trusters” living in a dangerous and troubled world… “The Lord of Hosts is with us! The God of Jacob is our fortress!” Really hope you’re a “God-truster”!