is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.1
Stress. Discouragement. Sadness. Fear.
These and many more have the power to make us feel as if God has completely
abandoned us to our own fates. They attack our joy, our home, and our
self-esteem, BUT God is present in every one of our darkest circumstances;
leaning in to comfort us and be our strength. In this season of Lent, as we
seek God's face and learn to rely on Him a little more, we have but to look up
and see Him in all His wondrous Creation!
Uncertainty has been the new stress in
many of our lives in the last few years as we have seen an increase in
pandemics and natural disasters. I have heard more "end time" conversations out of church than before. Christians
and non-Christians alike are fearful of what disaster may come next. They nervously
watch the news wondering if our country will be struck with the next
devastating earthquake, or if the tsunami waves across the pacific would be
strong enough to reach our shores. I, too, have been among that audience and
have found myself drawn into the worry of unpredictable weather and precarious
illnesses. If you find yourself among
the fearful and uncertain, then I pray that Psalm 46 can be a source of
encouragement for you today.
This Psalm is a song praising the
Almighty; God in all His glory! Our Lord who controls the wind and the seas
obey His voice; our God who moves the mountains with His mighty hand says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will
be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." I believe that all that is happening in our
world today is God trying to call us back to Him; that we might allow Him to be
our refuge in times of trouble. Know that our God, in all His power, wisdom,
and love, is the Lord of all and He will give you the strength you need to face
all the uncertainty today might bring.
Suggested Prayer: Lord Almighty, you are
with me in the ugliness of this world just as you are with me in the beauty of
your creation. Walk with me through the uncertainty and be my strength. Make my
heart be still and know that you are in control. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV).
Today's Encounter was written by: Veronica