Our Help in a Time of Need

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you did not know what to do, or even where to go? What did you do about it? Did you cry, did you grumble and complain, or stress about the situation? Or did you take your problem to God in prayer? How often we forget that our first response should be to take our requests to God!

As Christians, we have the privilege to approach the throne of God with our requests. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6). This should be our immediate reaction when we need to receive an answer from God. We also must remember that He will answer us in His timing – not ours. Have you ever asked God a question, yet did not wait for Him to answer? How often do we miss God’s plan for our lives when we are too impatient to wait upon Him?

Recently, I have been a part of a group of people who were seeking God and His plan for us. We had committed to stand by the truths found in God’s Word. However, we needed clear direction. We prayed. We searched for answers. We waited. We continued in the path we believed He had for us to travel. Many other people disagreed with the decisions that we had made. Relationships were lost. New ones have been made. We set a date that we needed an answer from the Lord, or we could not continue. The date came, and God answered our prayer on that day, above and beyond our hopes and expectations! We had put into practice what we had learned: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)

Through all of the turmoil during those days, and the negative words spoken against us for standing for the truths found in God’s Word, we understood more about the truths of God’s Word. “2. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:2-7). We experienced that, truly: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). We recognized that God is with us.

We witnessed first hand what it is to do the following: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

Another encouraging word… “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” (Psalm 31:24).

Will you wait upon God?

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