So yesterday we spoke to an extent about what Faith is. The intention at this time is to look at one of the promises of God and see what ought to be our response if we expect God to hold up His end of the bargain as an honest being would. I must immediately add herein that, I would not be using an ‘I will’ promise, but something with a different presentation, because for God, to will is to do, even as our Brother James told us:
Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
The 46th Psalm is my Scripture of interest. However, I’d be considering only the first 3 verses, one after the other. Here we go:
(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
I know this doesn’t sound like a promise, because it sounds like something that is but isn’t all of God’s speakings of such nature? More to the point, I want us to read the above verse as – God is my refuge and strength, He is a very present help in trouble. God is saying to you, listen: I am your refuge, I am your strength, I am making myself not only available but present for every time you are in trouble. Wow. Why is God pledging Himself in this manner to us? We’d answer that in a bit. But next, let’s look at what He intends and expect to be our response if we reckon Him as honest.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
The highlighted portion above, then, present to us what our response ought to be, if we treat God as honest, we will not fear. We will not live in or respond in fear. Soon we would look at the situations that could elicit fear in us, but it’s worthy of note that ever before making mention of them, God provides Himself. Such that it’s not Him responding merely to situations as they arise but He rather is saying, I am what I tell you I am irrespective of the situation, I give you my guarantee ahead of time, even before you think you need it and I am able to handle whatever comes up, you have my word.
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Now let’s mention the four advertised scenarios that could play out for which even before the possibility materializes, God offered himself.
- Though the earth be removed
- Though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea
- Though the water roar and are troubled
- Though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
I do not know about you but all these are sufficient and understandable reasons to be and live in fear. Imagine as you are sitting right now, you look out the window and discover the earth has disappeared from underneath your house, such that you literally were standing in space, no earth, no nothing? Remember verse 1. If you believe that God was being honest, then your response will be verse 2a.
To tie it all together, our world today is going through a difficult time, uncertainty everywhere as though the earth was moved from beneath us. All sorts of challenges and complications, contradictions every place you look. And even on personal levels, a lot is happening, pressure, pain, hopelessness, tragedy, things words would fail to express. But in all these, I hear God saying, I am your refuge and your strength, a very present help in time of trouble.
Would you trust God today? Would you also say with clear confidence- therefore will not I fear. This is what Faith is.
Glory to God. Tabitha Dee will be here tomorrow for her post. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss it. I’m assured in my heart that you’d be blessed!!
Have a wonderful evening. Grace and Peace. Amen.