MARCH 30 – Troublesome Times
Psalm 46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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.
We all are in need of a “safe place.” I am not referring to the worldly thought of a safe place. We do not fear opposing opinions. I am referring to that spiritual place that is provided by God. I am talking about the onslaught of this world that is trying to beat us down and destroy our faith and trust in God.
Retreats are wonderful and conferences are full of information but my God succors me better than any man-made means. When I rest in Him these worldly problems melt away. My fear is relieved. Retreats and conferences are the wisdom of men bolstered by the Word of God. When God is my refuge, the one I flee to, He strengthens me and is the help I need to carry on.
I think of our forefathers that came before us. Pioneer preachers that won many souls and built many churches who had no other preacher to turn to. He and the Lord traveled the wilderness together. They faced mobs that wanted to hurt them physically. Those that wanted to throw them in jail and they had no preacher to comfort them. They could flee to God no matter the circumstance. God was always available
The world will do their best to destroy the servant of God. God will carry us through the greatest turmoils of our life. We have no reason to fear when God has wrapped us up in His strength. Everything around us may shake and shiver but we are safe in the arms of God.
Who do you trust in times of troubles? The wisdom and strength of man or the sure safety of God, our refuge and strength?
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” Psalm 46:1.
In this powerful Psalm, David uses the forces of nature in turmoil at the end of time to express our confidence in the One who created nature for His own pleasure and created mankind as His children.
The message is outrageous. Can we imagine the terror in the heart of man when God casts the last stone, our Rock of salvation, and the earth falls apart under man’s feet: waters roar, mountains fall into the sea? Therefore, we will not fear when the earth changes because we will go to the Father’s house, and He will protect us. He is always home.
When I was a child, our family made a long trip to my Irish grandfather’s house. I was all excited about the trip. We got there, and he was gone. I could not imagine grandpa’s house without grandpa. I put a wheelbarrow in front of the door to let him know I had been there.
Our Heavenly Father is always home, and when the earth melts away in turmoil under the feet of the ungodly, we will be at home with Him, safe and sound, a refuge from the battles of life. We can relax in peace, and the fears of this world will be far behind. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: . . . I go to prepare a place for you. . . . I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2, 3).
Elijah told the prophets of Baal their god must be gone on vacation. Our Heavenly Father is always home.
Christ the True Refuge
1847 – Rev. and Mrs. I.J. Stoddard, appointed by the American Baptist Missionary Union, sailed from Boston on the Cato to serve the Lord in Assam. Rev. Stoddard’s expertise was in the field of education, however, he preached extensively, until nine years later when ill health forced them back to the states in 1856. After returning to America, their hearts were so burdened for Assam, that they returned to that heathen darkness in 1866. The sacrifice that they made was nearly unbearable, as they made arrangements for their children to be left in the states. After arriving in Assam they were assigned to Gauhati, and then removed to Goalpara where they reaped a great harvest of souls. It is reported that no work excelled his, up to that time, on any mission field of the ABFMU. Then another great sacrifice was made as the Stoddards had to separate, that they might serve in two different areas. In 1871 when her health failed again, his wife had to sail alone for America, leaving I.J. to continue without her. Following is one of the examples of “So Great a Salvation.” An English evangelist had gone to a bazaar and gave a tract True Refuge to an old man who had been a village bard. He learned the tract by memory, and he and his wife traveled many miles, often through waste deep water and mud to Gauhati to find the teacher. All the way he would cry out, “Life, life, eternal life! Who will tell us about it? People would laugh and mock. At Gauhati he found the missionaries and they told him about Jesus, the Way of Life. He was discipled and baptized. From then on he would go throughout the land singing the praises of God. [Helen Barrett Montgomery, Following the Sunrise Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881), 2:1112. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 600-02.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
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