Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 1-25-21

Psalm 46:1-3

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.

So we will never fear
even if every structure of support [earth itself] were to crumble away.
We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes,
moving mountains and casting them into the sea.

For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves
cannot erode our faith in you.

In our passage today, the psalmist writes about his confident trust in God’s ability to save and protect his people. Although many other psalms begin by first describing a crisis that has arisen and then God showing up to help, this psalm begins by extolling the faithful provision of God and His desire to be our strength and power before the crisis.

The psalmist knows fear not only robs us as individuals, it robs God of the honor our confident trust should bring Him. That is why Satan tries to plant fear in our thoughts; he wants us to think we are alone and that the use of our faith is futile. Satan knows God has promised to care for His own and will never betray His Word. We must know it, too.

When crisis hits—notice I said not “if” but “when”—we must be ready to allow the presence of God to sustain us because His help is more than enough to see us through. Keep your faith on the true Source of support who will always be there for you. Whatever challenge or trial you may face, God is greater and more powerful.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the promises you have made to be my source of strength. I continue to find you as my safe place. Help me to stay focused on your eternal Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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