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God Is Our Refuge and Strength!

Psalm 46:1-3

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Life ChangeI want to use an event from the past to make a point today. Can you remember a tough time in your life? Can you remember – when you were caught off guard by something that happened?

For instance – where were you when the earthquake of 2011 hit our area (just 7 short year ago)? Depending on the report you listened to or read after it happened – it was measured somewhere between a 5.8 and 6.0 on the earthquake scale. So where were you – what were you doing – and more important – how did it impact you? What were your thoughts during and after the quake?

I was in my office at the church I was serving – working on a sermon when the building started to shake. Nothing fell – and I had lots of knick-knacks on my shelves at the time – but the old home where our offices were located shook and rumbled for sure.

Immediately – the staff was outside – looking first for what had caused the building to shake. We had road construction at the time and we thought it was one of the large trucks working near the building that shook the office. I ran back into the office and checked my computer and people were tweeting and posting on Facebook that we had just had an earthquake. I shared the information with the staff and we stayed outside a little bit longer.

The staff was standing outside the building – talking and amazed that we had just experienced an earthquake – when Pastor Jon – our youth pastor – drove up. Most people who were driving while the quake happened didn’t experience it the same way as those who were stationary. Pastor Jon was upset that he missed the experience.

I tried to call my family to make sure everyone was OK – but the lines were full – and calls weren’t getting through (although text messages did). I tweeted the above passage soon after the quake – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Slowly we were able to communicate again with others. That period of not knowing was rough.

Here’s a question for us today. Is our God able to carry us through the roughest times of life? I’m not saying the earthquake in 2011 was a rough time – it was minor on the scale of things. Those in California were making fun of all the excitement this quake caused in the East (but give them some of our snow storms and watch them come to a stop as well). But – it did cause some to stop and think – what if it was the end?

We had a woman from the church call the office to make sure we were still here – I mean – she thought maybe the Rapture had happened and she wanted to know if she was left behind! She said if my pastors and staff are still here – I guess the rapture didn’t happen.

Is our God big enough to carry us through the roughest patches in our lives? Was God with you during your divorce? During the death of your child or spouse (a dear friend of the church passed Friday night – suddenly)? During the rough time of dealing with a dying parent (both of mine have passed)? When you found out your child had an illness? When you lost your job or your home (or went without pay because the POTUS and Congress were having a spat)? Is our God big enough to carry us through these times? I pray the answer is yes for us – because THE God of the universe is big enough – if we have placed our trust in Him and walk with Him daily. I love this saying – God is large and in-charge!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

January 14, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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