Faces on Faith: God is our refuge and strength
This is our first hurricane season in Florida, and we were caught up in preparation for the onslaught of Dorian as she spun her way slowly but surely toward our shores. Those were threatening days of uncertainty, and though we were spared her destruction locally, our hearts go out to those whose lives were terribly altered by the vicious, deadly storm.
Psalm 46 relates to anyone who is in a time of trouble or to anyone who will face trouble in the future, no matter how extreme. It tells us that when storms strike, God is sufficient to get us through.
No problem is too big for God. If we will learn to take refuge in Him and lean on Him for strength, then with the psalmist we can face the most extreme crises with quiet confidence. We can flee to God as our refuge and find relief and comfort.
The fact that God is our “refuge and strength” does not mean that we are insulated from the storms of life. The Bible teaches that God is our help in trouble, not that He will exempt us from trouble.
The psalmist pictures one of the most frightening and catastrophic natural disasters imaginable: an earthquake so severe that the mountains slip into the heart of the sea. David says that in the worst disaster we can imagine, we need not be terrified.
Whatever personal catastrophe you face–a major health problem, the death of a loved one, the loss of your job, emotional problems, relational conflicts, or whatever– God is bigger than your problems. He is readily available to help if you will take refuge in Him and trust in His strength.
Get to know who He is as revealed in the Bible. Trust springs out of knowledge. He is trustworthy! To experience His sufficiency in a crisis, make preparation by trusting Him in the calm. In the storm, you turn to what you trust. When trouble strikes, He is sufficient to get you through.
“God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”
Job 46:1-3 (New Living Translation)
The Rev. Dr. Stephen LeBar is the interim senior pastor at the Sanibel Community Church.