Psalms 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength

We have only one source of security, which is God, our heavenly Father. When there are wars, the government fails, natural disasters destroy our homes, our health deteriorates, or friends betray us, God is the only one in whom we can find security. 

Our world, with all its advances in education, science and technology, is no safer than it was thousands of years ago. Something can happen at any time; and there is no security unless we put ourselves in the hand of the One who maintains eternity and who is in control of all things. 

We need to return to God, and only when we seek God, can we find rest for our soul. The psalmist wrote: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) 

The Bible says: “These trust in chariots, and those in horses; But we of the name of the Lord, our God, will remember. “They weaken and fall, but we stand up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20: 7-8) 

God is waiting to hear us call to ask for help; and if we call, He will respond. 

By being sure of God, we do not need the security of other things. God is in control and is firmly seated on his throne. That is why we can say: “God is our refuge and strength, our help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, although the earth is removed and the mountains are transferred to the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46: 1-2) 

Our security comes from our faith in God and not from our circumstance: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46: 7, 11). Our faith is in knowing that God is omnipresent, what gives us hope and security, because we know that the Lord is always with us. 

God wants us to depend on Him and we must be aware that our trust should not be in things, but only in Him. 

We have to pray for a strong faith, and that in the midst of a world full of problems and dangers, we will continue to trust that God is with us, because His presence will give us peace and joy no matter what happens. 

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you; I do not give it to you as the world gives it. Do not let your heart be troubled or be afraid.” (John 14:27) 

There are many who live in great prosperity – they have lots of money and possessions – however, their lives are consumed by worry and fear. And there are those who live in very difficult and dangerous places, but have a great sense of security, since they have placed their faith and hope in God. 

Job lost everything, but he chose to put his trust in God. He was moved, but he did not fall. The Bible says: “Those who trust in Jehovah are like Mount Zion, which does not move, but abides forever.” (Psalm 125: 1) 

We have to have the same courage today because Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have affliction, but trust, I have overcome the world ” (John 16:33). Our confidence should not be moved, because we have a God who is in complete control. We must have courage, not because we are strong, but because we have a God who is strong. He is powerful and governs over everything. God has not changed, and His love will help us overcome: “Because the Lord is good and His love is eternal; His faithfulness for all generations.” (Psalm 100: 5) 

As Paul wrote: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation, anguish, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger or sword? … Before, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35, 37) 

We are safe in an insecure world because He who loves us is with us. And we must remember that our security is in eternity and not in the present, because this world is not our home. 

If we are looking only for the current circumstances we will be moved, but if we are rooted in the Word of God and in the promise of eternity, we will remain strong and no one can take that away from us. Thus “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, behave yourself, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).  And remember what Isaiah 26: 3 says: “You shall keep in perfect peace him whose mind abides in you; because in you he has trusted.”

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