Monday, March 9, 2020

Our Refuge & Strength

By: Joanne Viola

A quick look at the news these days can be disheartening. The headlines are filled with reports of extreme weather patterns, an unstable economic market, political allegations, and pandemic viruses which threaten the health of many.

It would be easy to lose hope if it were not for the Lord. A reading in a Lent devotional brings this encouragement:
“where can I go to find peace
comfort, joy?
all that nourishes, sustains
is hidden in You.
I cannot comprehend
explain, imagine
any power wider, deeper
stronger than Your love
You and You and You alone
three but One
perfect in unity
what is the colour of holiness?
what is the sound of truth?
what is the taste of glory?
You and You and You alone
(From Ashes to Glory, by Karin Fendick) 
We find refuge and peace in God during difficult times as we turn to God, remembering He is our ever present help.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NKJV)

Problematic situations have a way of growing greater and greater as we continue to hear and think about them. They can press in on our hearts, breeding fear and anxiety.

Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah (verses 2-3, NKJV)

We must keep our focus on God, on who He is. Today God is right where He has always been – seated on His throne. We can find peace in knowing He is in control of all things at all times. May these thoughts bring you assurance and peace. 

“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.” (verses 5-6, NKJV)

Because He has not moved,
we, too, shall not be moved in these unstable and uncertain times.

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