God Is With Us

January 8, 1998
by Ken Stright

Psalm 46:1,11 – God is our refuge and strength, our mighty fortress and stronghold. The Lord of hosts is with us.

If you have a Bible handy, read the rest of Psalm 46 alongside the newspaper and especially when you think of the state of society –

    when you think of war
    the state of your community life
    the death of the family
    the modern reliance on false dreams
    like drugs, gambling, sex
    murders, conflicts, famine, flood
    and all the rest of the litany of
    what's wrong with the world.

God is our refuge and strength, our mighty fortress and stronghold. Do you believe this for your ongoing life day by day? Read it when your life reads like a modern-day book of Job – destruction of wealth and family and friends and health and hope. (read Job 19:21-27)

The bottom line is "God is with us.''

Philip Yancey once described his journey into the presence of God. For him it began one February night in a College dorm room. It was there he finally, dramatically realized that he believed in a God of love. "Someone is there," I realized. "Someone is watching life as it unfolds on this planet. More, Someone is there who loves me." It was a startling feeling of wild hope, a feeling so new and overwhelming that it seemed fully worth risking my life on."

    A mighty fortress is our God,
    A bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He amid the flood
    Of mortal ills prevailing.

Prayer: Lord, help us to be still and know that you are God, that you are exalted among the nations, exalted in the earth, and that you are with us always. Amen.

About the author:

Ken Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, Canada

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