We will not fear

Psalms 46: 1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the Earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters therefore roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

 

God never promises a life of ease for those who are followers of Him. He never tells us that all will be sunshine and roses, that we will never face hardship. But He does promise us three things here. God will be our refuge, our strength and our help when we are in trouble. Notice the troubles in this passage. The Earth be removed, the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, the water roar and be troubled, the mountains shake. It’s hard to imagine that our troubles would compare to this. But even if these things were to occur, Therefore we will not fear. Why? Because God is our refuge, our strength and our help. Our refuge is not a fortress somewhere, placed deep in the rock, surrounded by concrete walls and fortified iron. Our refuge is better than that, Our refuge is the almighty God. Every fortified city, every strong castle, every mighty nation throughout history has fallen. The refuge has failed. But our refuge will never fail. He is the place to which we flee when troubles come, when enemies attack.

Second, He is our strength to face the trial. He gives us the power to go through what we feel we cannot go through. When the burdens pile up and seemingly will crush us, God gives us the strength to continue on. When we don’t feel that we can do what God has called us to do, He is the One that gives us the strength to finish the task.

Third, He is our help to overcome in the midst of suffering and anguish. Notice that is is a “very present” help. God is always “at hand”, He is always near. He will never leave us or forsake us. When we call, He is there. But the word present means more than that. God “is found” to be our help. He has proven that He is a help in times of trouble, so we can trust in Him when troubles come again. We do not have to wonder about God’s help, He has proven it in the past and promised it for the future.