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God is our present help in the midst of trouble

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Are you currently in the midst of trouble? Is there a storm brewing on the horizion ahead or perhaps already falling down around you? It’s important to remember that God is present at all times. Let’s start by taking a peek at our scripture for today.

Psalm 46  (RSV)

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.    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 right early.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.    Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has wrought desolations in the earth.
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 am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.   Selah

Let’s think about it

God is a ‘very present help’ in times of trouble. The wording of this is extremely comforting as my mind turns in circles with all the storms I see our world facing socially, politically and naturally. I simply cannot wrap my mind around the turmoil of it all.

One thing I know to be certain is that God’s help is ‘very present,’ meaning it is happening right this very moment.  He does not wait until later in the future or sit on high looking back at how he has helped in the past. NO! God is present in the world and in each of our hearts at the present moment! He is our shelter from any and all storms that come our way.

Let’s pray about it

Dear Heavenly Father, Our hearts break as we see storms brewing and popping up here and there along life’s road. We trust that you will remain a ‘very present help’ in our times of trouble. You alone are our most trusted refuge. Amen.

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