Few things are more important to us than our safety and security. We depend on rules and regulations for our well-being and protection. We have the police to protect us and the military to guard us. We rely on individuals we have never seen or met to enforce laws we have never read and to be alert if an enemy threatens us if there is a national emergency. Yet, despite all the layers of defense that have been placed around us, the threats of life continue to surround us and invade our spaces. We search for a moment of peace in these times of turbulence and turmoil.
However, as Christians, we must always remember that we have a resource that is always available. The Psalmist reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Not only are we reminded that God is our refuge and strength but that He is ever-present! Not might be or could be but is ever-present.
The word refuge means shelter. When the rains fall and the rivers rise, we can always find a place of security in the arms of God. When days are dark and nights are long, we always have His light to shine before us and around us and keep us from becoming lost or falling. When sickness strikes and illness lingers, we always have the assurance of His presence and peace.
And His strength – His mighty power – is there as our shield and sword. No one would go into any battle without the proper equipment to protect and defend themselves. Here, however, we are reminded that the battle belongs to our God and He will not only fight for us but will protect us from anyone who would hurt or harm us, destroy or defeat us.
And we can take great assurance that His refuge and strength are ever-present. He is with us – not He might be with us – wherever we are. We have no reason to be frightened when the world seems to be closing in on us and the pressures of life are about to overcome us. God: our refuge and strength – is right here, right now.
Prayer: Help us to realize, Lord, Your ever-present presence in our lives and that You are constantly involved in anything and everything that concerns us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
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