Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some Things To Remember About God During a Crisis

"He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God...'" - Psalm 46:10

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In our attention-deficient world, where a million different things are fighting for our attention, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture. 

It's already hard to keep perspective when things are going well, but when stuff starts to fall apart around us, it can become nearly impossible. In the midst of chaos, it's easy to get a skewed perspective of our surrounding circumstances, of ourselves and, most importantly, of God. 

When it feels like the ground beneath us is shaking, when chaos abounds, when mountains start to fall, we have to remember that God is:


Life can feel like a hurricane sometimes -- like we’re being tossed around by hundred-mile-per-hour winds and pelted by everything from hail to your neighbor's kitchen sink. When the storms of life appear in our lives, we can run to God. The word refuge means “shelter or protection from danger.” The storms we face won't always subside as quickly as we'd like, but He will shelter us from the elements.


My first instinct is to try and fight my battles on my own. But after a while, I will get tired. I will get burned out. I will slip and fall. God’s strength is available for us, and His strength never runs out, never falls short and is always enough. Asking for His strength to pull us through instead of counting on our own isn't weakness -- it's recognizing we can do more with Him than we ever could without Him. 


Whether a thousand voices are screaming in our ear or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, everything goes quiet, it can seem like God is absent. He’s not. He is there. Sometimes there are so many things fighting for our attention that we lose sight of God in the process. We need to remember that God is always present, ready to help in our times of trouble.


In God, there is protection. There is security. God is a fortress, a stronghold from which we can fight our battles from.


He is not far off in the distance, detached and disengaged. He is right there, with us in our crisis. And when God is with us, who can stand against us? He is there to fight for us and is ready to meet our every need with His presence. God is with us… the most comforting words we’ll ever hear.

Remembering that God is still God, even in the gravest circumstances and darkest storms, will keep us on solid ground.

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