God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
No Matter What
I’m thinking about those words. What words? The words, “no matter what” have come to mind. I would like to hear what you have to say about those words. I would be happy to share my thoughts with you. Although, I do know that you already know my thoughts. Yes, but it will be enjoyable to hear you say your thoughts out loud. Alright then, here goes. No matter what, you are with me to help me. No matter what, you are my refuge and strength. No matter what, you are my shelter in the midst of a storm of troubles. No matter what, I can place all my faith and hope and trust in you. No matter what, I can draw near to you. You will guard me. You will guide me. You will protect me. Yes, I will, have no doubt about that. No matter what, I have no need to fear. No matter what, my future in heaven is secure. You have a place in heaven that is being kept and guarded for me. Yes, I do, you can be absolutely sure and certain of that.
How does knowing that your future in heaven with me is secure put the troubles of life into proper perspective? I know that this life is incredibly short. The years, race by. A whole life is here today and will be gone tomorrow. One day, the whole collection of my troubles in life will be far less than even a distant memory. I am sure that once I come to live forever in heaven with you, I will not give the troubles of this life a second of thought. If I have any questions about why this or that happened or why I went through such and such, I’ll bet that I will forget those questions. Being in your presence will surely erase from my mind all the difficulties I had in this very short life. On that day, and on every day forever after that there will be no sickness or suffering or pain or tears. I will live forever in joy with you in your heavenly kingdom. Yes, you will. So now, I will not be afraid. I will not be discouraged or depressed or defeated. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I know you are my refuge and strength. No matter what happens I know you will be with me to help me in all the troubles of life. I will not fear. I will draw near to you. I will take shelter in you. I will allow you to be my refuge and strength. Amen
Key Question… How has God brought you through troubling circumstances throughout your life?
Living It Out… Allow God to be your refuge and strength at all times and in the midst of any trouble.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will always be your refuge and strength in the midst of trouble.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has been your refuge and strength in the midst of trouble.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow God to be your refuge and strength in the midst of all your troubles in life.
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