There is so much uncertainty in this world we live in. The rising costs of gasoline and groceries and the increasing division and violence around us are enough to make anyone wonder, where is God in all this?
Sometimes, we all need a reminder that we are not alone. Even if you do not have someone physically right next to you, the Bible tells us that God is with us. In fact, He has promised to never leave us and to never abandon us and He has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age (See Hebrews 13:5-6 and Matthew 28:20).
When you feel the most alone, the most forgotten, the most abandoned, the most rejected, the most unloved, God is there. When you are fearful of what is unknown or even of what is known, God is there, and He knows all about it.
What a relief it is to know that God is with us and that He is near to us no matter where we are and no matter what we are going through.
We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 75:1 nlt)
Regardless of what is going on around us, we can give thanks because God is with us. He hears us when we pray, and He knows what we need before we even speak it. In a world full of uncertainty, He is an unshakeable God.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. (Psalm 75:3)
He alone is our solid rock and firm foundation. When trouble comes, we can give thanks and look to Him because He is with us, and He is immovable. He knows what is going on and He is not changed or overwhelmed by it. When we are faced with uncertainty, we can be certain that God is right there. He is in our midst, and He is waiting for us to come to Him to rest and lay our burdens down at His feet.
In my own life, when I have found myself discouraged by what I see going on around me, I have found encouragement in time spent alone with Abba Father. When I am overwhelmed, spending time in prayer and in worship and sitting in His presence brings so much peace and strength and it is always exactly what I need in that moment.
Friends, we were never meant to carry the weight of this world alone. As we take the time to lay our fears and the worries of the day at the feet of Jesus, that weight is lifted from us. God is entirely faithful and as we trust in Him to come through for us, He strengthens us and takes care of us.
Whatever fears and worries you are carrying with you today; I encourage you to lay them at the feet of Jesus. If you are overwhelmed and discouraged by what is going on in the world today, come and find rest at the feet of Jesus. He is waiting for you with open arms, and He loves you so very much. Will you pray with me?
Father God, the weight of this world tries to drag me down and sometimes I find myself discouraged and overwhelmed by it. God, I believe that You are entirely faithful, and nothing is impossible for You. Lord, I surrender these burdens that I have carried for far too long to You and I trust You to come through for me because You love me. Lord, thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me. Thank You for being my solid rock, my firm foundation, and my unshakeable God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob (Psalm 75:9).
God Is My Rock
SCRIPTURE READING — PSALM 18:1-6, 16-19
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. . . .
David, who was anointed to become king of Israel, had many enemies, and he wrote the words of Psalm 18 at a time when God delivered him from those enemies, including Saul, the king he would replace (see 2 Samuel 22).
At times David was so overwhelmed by his enemies that he felt as if “the cords of death entangled” him. He felt that his end was near. In response, David called on the only one who could help. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.”
David displayed great courage based on his trust in God, his rock and deliverer. David had been taught and had learned from experience that the Lord was always present for him. No enemy could separate him from the care of the Lord.
When we know that we depend on God for all good things, as David did, we know that calling on God will help to bring the solutions we need. This doesn’t mean we should ignore emergency services or other kinds of help that are available when we might need them. God provides those resources in our communities for the good of everyone. But realizing that we can rely on God to help us with all our needs is a great comfort today just as it was for David. Let’s be sure to call on God whenever we need help of any kind.
O God, often we forget to look to you for help when we need it. Teach us to lean on you for protection, guidance, and all that we need, knowing you provide all good things. Amen.
“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.” Psalm 97:10
Suggested Further Reading: Genesis 39
With regard to some sins, if thou wouldst avoid them, take one piece of advice—run away from them. Sins of lust especially are never to be fought with, except after Joseph’s way; and you know what Joseph did—he ran away. A French philosopher said, “Fly, fly, Telemaque; there remains no way of conquest but by flight.” The true soldiers of Christ’s cross will stand foot to foot with any sin in the world except this; but here they turn their backs and fly, and then they become conquerors. “Flee fornication,” said one of old, and there was wisdom in the counsel; there is no way of overcoming it but by flight. If the temptation attack thee, shut thine eye and stop thy ear, and away, away from it; for thou art only safe when thou art beyond sight and earshot. “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil;” and endeavour with all your might to resist and overcome it in yourselves. Once again, ye that love the Lord, if ye would keep from sin, seek always to have a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, never trust yourselves a single day without having a fresh renewal of your piety before you go forth to the day’s duties. We are never safe unless we are in the Lord’s hands. No Christian, be he who he may, or what he may, though he be renowned for his piety and prayerfulness, can exist a day without falling into great sin unless the Holy Spirit shall be his protector. Old master Dyer says, “Lock up your hearts by prayer every morning, and give God the key, so that nothing can get in; and then when thou unlockest thy heart at night, there will be a sweet fragrance and perfume of love, joy, and holiness.”
For meditation: There are two sides to victory over temptation—resisting the flesh and yielding to the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). Sometimes the emphasis will be to flee, sometimes to follow, sometimes to fight (1 Timothy 6:11-12), but neither side will be effective without the other.
A Helper for All Occasions
You never have to face any situation alone.
Did you ever wish for an emergency telephone line that rang in heaven? The truth is that we have something much better. The Holy Spirit lives inside us to be our helper in every situation.
The night before His crucifixion, Jesus warned the disciples that He was about to depart. The news confused and frightened them, even though it wasn’t the first time He’d spoken of His death. But the Lord offered His followers assurance that He would send them another Helper.
In this passage, the Greek word for “another” means “one of the same kind,” signifying that the new Helper would be like the Son of God—a divine being. As promised, God’s Spirit came to dwell in Christ’s followers at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).
Without the Holy Spirit, we’d never be able to live the Christian life. That’s why Jesus told the disciples to delay spreading the gospel until after the Holy Spirit’s arrival. Our Helper not only empowers obedience but also teaches, guides, intercedes, comforts, transforms, and gifts us for service. Whenever we’re beset by tough times or temptations, He provides strength, endurance, hope, and encouragement. We’re so privileged to have a divine Helper who is personally assisting us every minute of every day.