(Today’s meditation was written by my husband. I was super tired last night, and he graciously agreed to help me out.)
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. . .
The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. . .
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. (NLT)
Think about this a minute. God is our refuge (our protection). . . our strength (we don’t have to rely on our own). . . always ready to help (not there to judge or condemn us for the mistakes we make). . . His voice causes the earth to crumble (there is power in His word). . . He causes wars to end (none of man’s plans has been able to accomplish this). . . He destroys man’s weapons.
In contrast, the nations are in chaos . . . their kingdoms crumble . . . they cannot stand against the power of His voice.
Yet, whom do we often worry about pleasing? God or man? If we are honest with ourselves, we have times, maybe even many times, when we are more concerned about what others may do to us or may say about us, instead of holding on to verse 10, “Be still, and know that I am God!”
In other words, God says, “Relax. In spite of the storm you may be facing, I have not lost control of the situation and I never will. I will protect you. I will see you through the trying times you face and you will walk in victory.”
Circumstances change. Thankfully, we serve a God who never does.