“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

I was musing on what to write today in this post. I had in my mind exactly what I wanted to get across i.e. that God is with us and will see us through this horrendous coronavirus pandemic. Of course, we are fearful. We wouldn’t be humans if we weren’t fearful of many things concerning it: our health; the health of those we love; our livelihoods; the consequences of this illness where no one can see the enemy in order to sidestep it; etc.

However, I wanted to write a post encouraging any who might read it. For Christians who have a relationship with the Lord, the natural thing for us to do is to turn to God for succour and comfort. In the Bible, we are exhorted to trust in the God who sees us, watches over us, rejoices with us, and grieves with us. When we are troubled or things go wrong, our natural tendency is to go to Him in prayer because we believe that He hears us. That is not, however, to say that He is our go to henchman. God is the Lord, and “He does all that He pleases”. (Psalm 115:3). It’s a difficult concept to understand, but if we believe that God is who He says He is, then we must trust in His Word. I have pasted a link below that might help explain this concept: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/he-does-all-that-he-pleases.

King David of the Old Testament had a relationship with the Lord. He was not perfect, just like I’m not perfect. He was a sinner, and so am I. However, David knew that he needed God, and so do I. In times of trouble and grief, I and all who believe and trust in Him need the Lord even more. I call Him the Lord because when I accepted Him as my Saviour, I also asked Him to come into my life as my God. Since then, He has helped me to walk with Him despite instances of disobedience on my part, when I tried to run away from Him but couldn’t because He kept reaching out for me to draw me into His loving arms and would not let me go.

Now, in this time of pain and sorrow for so many, and of anxiety and fear for others, many people will be asking who can help them cope or overcome this horrendous virus. It’s during this time that many of us may seek the One who is greater than us. In our secular world, there are fewer who believe in God than those who don’t. Some governments may pay lip service to Him when intoning prayers for the nation; or His name may be conjured in church at weddings and funerals, but, truly, how many of those who call on His name actually believe in Him, His deity, and His existence?

If you’re reading this and you do not believe in God, could I urge you to sincerely reach out to Him anyway and see what His answer is to you? You’ve much to gain and nothing to lose. Or perhaps you may be angry with Him because you believe that He has let you or the world down, such as the personal and economic turmoils many of us are suffering right now,( including me and mine)? If that’s the case, complain to Him! He is BIG enough to listen to your fears and still love and comfort you.

Well, I suppose we all deal with situations in our lives differently: I am praying and also doing my best to retain the viability of our business as well as trying to encourage others who just might need to see that glimmer of light at the end of a very dark – and possibly long and lonely tunnel. Am I afraid? To some extent, yes. Am I traumatised? Some. Can I change the situation? No. Can I eradicate this virus? Impossible. However, I know that I am a child of God, and that He will always be my Father. I know that He loves me whatever the circumstances. I know from experience through the years since I was 11 that He has kept faith with me even though I was often disobedient to His will, and did not deserve His loving kindnesses.

I shall leave you with Psalm 46. It is the King James Version below, but you can read it in a less archaic version if you prefer. Please click here where you can change its translation.

Psalm 46 King James Version (KJV)

46 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 thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

For a more detailed study of this psalm, please check out: Charles Spurgeon’s commentary and Crosswalk.

May I leave you with this verse below?

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

(Isaiah 41:13)

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