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Ever-present

Meg

God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.

  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
   God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
   he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

  The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

  Come and see what the LORD has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”

  The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 (Psalm 46, NIV)

 

I don’t know when I stumbled across this chapter first. I do know that I was in high school, scared about the wide world in front of me, and worrying about what I was going to do with my life. I had some health issues back then as well, and would cling to these verses above, reminding myself that God was forever by my side.

 

My life is much different then it was in high school. Back then I didn’t have the worries of a husband at war, a child to care for at home, and all of the household responsibilities upon my shoulders.

Back then, most of my worries revolved around friendships and trigonometry exams. I don’t truly wish those days back, I love my life now, but I do sometimes wish I could go back and tell my younger self to spend less time worrying and more time living.

These verses hold so much promise about God’s goodness and faithfulness! He really does hold the power of life and death in His hands. He is our Creator after all.  Who am I to worry then (See Luke 12:22-32)? Who am I to wonder about my husband’s safety as he fights overseas?

If I learned anything back in high school, it was that all of my worrying usually amounted to nothing. At the end of the day I still had my friends and passed my trigonometry exam. And at the end of the day God will still in control of all of the ins and outs of my life as He should be.

As I read this chapter today, the words “ever-present” really stood out to me (vs. 1). God is forever present in our lives. He’s not a distant God. No, instead He’s in the middle of every step of our days. He sees our struggles, our discouraging moments, our times of loneliness, and our victories as well.  I wanted to encourage all of you with that thought today. God is with you, dear friends. He knows all of your worries and cares and He’s willing to take care of all of them for you (see 1 Peter 5:7). All you have to do is let Him take control.