Fear Not Natural Disasters (#34)

Psalm 46:1-2    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.  Therefore, will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”


Psalm 46 by Lordismyportion

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Terrorist Attack
Apocalypse
Zombies
Four Blood Moons
Armageddon
Economic Collapse
Nuclear War
Earthquakes > 6 on Richter Scale
School / theater shootings
Tsunami
Riots
Hurricanes

These are words that strike terror in the heart of many a individual, family, community, and nation.  Why?  Because we have NO CONTROL over the when, where, how, who.

The psalmist is speaking of just such cataclysmic events:  The earth ceasing to exist, mountains crumbling.  However, read carefully, he is stating “I am not afraid!”  How can He do this?  Is it false confidence or does the psalmist know something I NEED TO KNOW as I face an uncertain future?

The psalmist is declaring  The LORD, Yahweh, God of Heaven, is his hiding place and his strength and his help.  We have been digging through God’s Word and He has been revealing to us reason upon reason why we can trust Him and have no fear.    Are we getting it or are we Israelite stubborn?  Israelite forgetful?  Israelite ungrateful?

Trouble in life is a F*A*C*T.    My trouble may seem small to you and yours may appear inconsequential to me.  But, we all know, my trouble is HUGE to me and your trouble is MONUMENTAL to you.  Trouble makes us tremble, cry, and flee.  We need what the Lord is providing in this scripture:  help, a place to hide, strength.

It is here that we would do well to declare (remind ourselves often) God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.  I AM is in the middle of our trouble.    Write this and post it where you can read it daily until it becomes your breath, your very life source.  He should be our first resource not our last resort.

The other thing we need to do is “be kind to everyone, for everyone is in the midst of a great battle,”(author unknown but quoted by The Officer and Gentleman as he fought for his life).

Throwing the life ring,

Yvonne

You Are My Hiding Place by Selah

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait. Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do! So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

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