Psalm 46:1 proclaims, "God is our refuge
and strength, a very present help in
trouble. Therefore, will not we fear,
though the earth be removed...the
mountains be carried into ... the sea."
Jesus is sweetly present every day. But
"in trouble" He becomes "very present."
Then we begin knowing Him as Refuge,
sheltering us from stormy troubles and
invisible spiritual attacks; and as
Strength, our unfailing, inexhaustible
source of energy and courage; and as
Helper, our perfectly wise, ever
guiding, heavenly Aide and Helper.
We will never know Jesus as our Refuge
till terrible storms or strange
spiritual warfare rock our world and all
our previous refuges fail us. We will
never know Jesus as our Strength till
our strength fails and we're left weak,
shaken, and tempted to panic. We will
never know Jesus as our Helper until our
formerly close friends and associates
turn and quietly walk away.
Is this why you're where you are today?
If so, stop, raise your hands, and
worship Jesus, your newly discovered,
awesome, never failing, ever accessible,
very present Refuge, Strength, and
Helper! Then go on to know Him ...