“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:1-3, 10.
In the Waiting
God is our refuge and our strength. Believe it or not, our strength and our hope doesn’t come from our circumstances. But, oh how often we depend on those things for our joy. Our faith is strengthened in the Lord as we wait on Him. This is one of the biggest reasons to learn to wait on God. He strengthens us in the waiting, He makes us more like Himself, He grows our faith and we begin to trust Him more.
But, it is so easy to lose that focus! We must constantly, daily, continually renew our vision and fix our eyes back on Jesus. When we begin to see our hope fading, we must not idly sit by and grow deeper and deeper into despair. Pick up that Bible! Speak His very words right up to Him. Write them down! Pray them! Let the Word of God be your constant companion, because without it, our hope and focus does begin to fade.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will not fear…though the earth gives way and the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…though our world crumble around us, though our loved ones betray us, though the test results are not what we hoped for, though we lose our very belongings. This is what it means to hope in Christ. This is what it means to wait on the Lord. Though everything around us may be falling, the object of our faith has not changed. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever more. He has not forsaken you! That is reason enough to remain hopeful.
Oh Lord, You alone are my refuge and my strength. You are my constant source of help. No matter what happens around me, allow me the grace to remain fixed on You. Help me, strengthen me, remind me that though the world falls around me, You have not changed. You are constant. I am not forsaken. I exalt You!