Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble."
I love Psalm 46:1. Mostly because it assures us that God is. He's our refuge, our strength and delivers us when we're in trouble. However, if we're never in trouble, how would we get the opportunity to know that God is our refuge and strength?
A few weeks ago I was uploading a YouTube video and was met with this error message:
I chuckled a little, because it's much like life. You're journeying along, minding your business and then BOOM! A problem. Sometimes these are small problems, like spilling a cup of coffee on your white shirt at work. But other times, these are severe problems that you never saw coming and you wish would go away.
One thing for certain: Problems exist. It can suck and it can knock you off your feet and make you want to crawl in a hole, but we all have problems.
I'd like to offer a bit of a perspective change. Repeat after me.
This problem is making me stronger.
This problem shows me opportunities for growth.
This problem helps me to reach out to God more.
I will not quit.
When we experience difficulties and inconveniences, it's an opportunity to go to God about it. Asking questions like "Lord, what are you trying to teach me?" or "Lord, how do I make it through this?" allow you to seek God for what He is saying concerning your situation. Depending on the severity, a simple "Lord, help me," is a prayer that I've had to pray more times than I can count. In those difficulties and in the issues of life that have quite honestly made me question if God was even around, are the times I had to press into Him the most to keep my sanity.
Don't despise the problem. Welcome it. I know that sounds crazy, but work with me here. If you came out on the other side of the storm stronger than ever, praying more than you used to, exercising your faith muscles and are able to thank God in spite of, was it so bad? If your answer is YES, it was, I say with Holy Spirit love and authority, you are still in the storm. And this is the time for you to continue reaching out in prayer, asking the Lord to heal your heart and chewing on scriptures that were meant to help you during these times.
Don't give up. The enemy wants nothing more for you to throw in the towel and give up on your God ordained purpose for your life. DON'T LET HIM WIN. There are some battles you are not meant to face alone. James 5:14-16 reads, "Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." I urge you, when you get to a point where you want to give up, call someone who can pray for you. Don't suffer in silence! This too shall pass. You will come out of this.
Psalms 46:1 tells us that God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in the time of trouble.
The word refuge is defined as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger or trouble. God is our refuge, our safe place from the pursuit of the enemy who brings troubles our way. God is your hiding place in the time of trouble. There is safety in Him.
The scripture goes on to say God is our strength. He holds you up and strengthen you to walk through the storm. You need God's strength to endure the storms of life.
The passage ends by stating that God is a very present help in the time of trouble. The Good News Translation puts as is "God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in a time of trouble." Have you ever seen a parent teach a child a new skill, like how to ride a bike? The parent is always nearby, ready to catch their child and keep them from falling. God is our Father and we are His children. He is always by our side, eager to help us. Sometimes we are like children trying to exercise our independence, who need help, but won't ask our parent for help because "we got it." But the Lord wants to help you in every aspect of your life. However you have to ask for help.
When troubles come, go to God in prayer. Ask Him for His help. Seek His guidance in how to move forward. Cry out to Him about the things that are bothering you. Matthew 11: 28-30 tells us, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." The Lord cares about the things that are bothering you and desires to help you.
Father God, thank you for your children. Lord, some of them have been hit with unexpected problems. I ask you to step into their situations now. Lord, I pray that you will strengthen them and help them during these times. Thank you for how you ae using this storm to make them more of who you have created them to be. I thank you for always being willing to alleviate us from our burdens. We run to you in our troubles and thank you in advance for helping us through them. We love you Lord, in Jesus name, Amen.