Our life does have and will continue to have challenges. We live in a world where there is one constant – and that is change. However, there is one other Constant – and that is God. The sons of Korah wrote a Psalm about our ever-present aid during challenges in life (Psalm 46).
This Psalm begins by describing God as a “refuge and strength…a very present help in trouble.” How many times in your life do you need a “very present help in trouble.” Even if we are not in actual need of it, there is a great comfort of knowing that it exists. It is like our parents – we always knew they were/are there for us, even if we do not presently need them.
This Psalm also describes the challenges and changes of life. “Though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the seas…” The psalmist them claims, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.”
At the end of this Psalm we find not only the source of our medicine from the world and all its challenges, but also the action to take. The statement is powerful, “Be still and know that I am God. The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.” What does this mean today? God is our strength, not we ourselves! (Psa. 100) The challenges of life may sore around us, the devil may make war around us daily…but we are God’s children and His church! God is our very present help – TODAY – in times of trouble. Be still and allow God to provide spiritual medicine for each challenge in your life – and turn them into victory. By Andy Burns