Sunday, June 22, 2014
June 22 – We do not fear no matter what
God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, when its waves crash and foam, and the mountains shake before the surging sea. (Psalm 46:1-3 NET)
Some say this psalm was the basis for the traditional hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” written by Martin Luther. And just like the song, this psalm gives us a powerful sense that we have nothing to fear because we have a might God on our side.
In Bible times castles and fortresses were indispensable to life. Cities erected high walls to keep themselves safe from their enemies, and many times cities were built on hilltops or at the edge of cliffs. Even so, any fortress could be penetrated when an enemy was determined enough. But here we are reminded that God is vastly superior to any man made structure, and that His protection is absolute and unfailing. When trouble comes, God is aware of it and runs to our side to help… that is when we are trusting in Him and placing our faith firmly in His promises.
Later in the psalm, we are encouraged to trust in God when enemy armies attack, but here we’re told that God is our refuge even when it appears that the world itself and the universe is falling apart. Even when the world is coming to an end, or “powerful” demonic forces are attacking us, we can be sure that God is stronger and that we are safe with Him. When people do witchcraft against us, or we are trying to break a curse that has existed in our family for hundreds of years, we should not fear. We can count on God’s help in times of trouble.
I challenge you to examine your behavior and thoughts in times of trouble, when everything seems to be falling apart and going wrong. What your eyes show you at that moment is not important. What you feel is a useless bit of false information. Our trust needs to be in the God of the Bible who created all things, who has delivered us many times, and who was and is the God of the many heroes of the Bible.
Look forward to your next “time of trouble” and be determined to practice trust and confidence in the middle of the chaos. The miracle will be guaranteed.