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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Verse of the Day: Psalm 46:1-3 w. commentary

Psalm 46:1-3 (English Standard Version)

 1God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
   though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Sometimes life can seem almost unbearable. We all have stress, we all have trials and we all have tragedies that come flooding into our reality as a stark reminder that life is unpredictable. I think it's important to aknowledge the law of impermanence in our lives. Everything is continually shifting and changing, nothing ever stays the same. That's why a lot of peace and understanding can be acheived when we learn to live in the present moment.

There is one thing that never changes though, and that is God's love for us. God, Himself, was and is and always will be. He is the one truth that we can be assured of and God never breaks His covenant with His people. When you accept Jesus you come under God's covenant. And God's promises He makes in the Bible for His children are also the promises He has for all of us too. God says He is our rock and our refuge, He is the unshiftable, unmoving rock on which we can stand on when all the world around us is an unpredicable kaleidoscope of tragedies, snares, pain, confusions, frustrations and sorrows. It's so easy to lose our ground when we step off the rock God has provided for us and try to make it on our own, standing on the shifting sands of our own understanding. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep standing on God's rock! Keep standing on God's promises, keep your eyes on Jesus :)

The other day I was trying to figure out some obstacles and concerns I'm dealing with in my personal life. Everyone has them. There was a time when I would have allowed their existence to plague me and really take control of my sense of peace. God doesn't want us to live in fear. He wants us to further His Kingdom and how could we do that if we are cowering in fear in the shadow of the world's darkness? He wants us to send out His light , through us, to shine on all the world! Let's cast aside this darkness and let Jesus shine through us! God never ceases to amaze me. And I was really amazed at how God has transformed my perspective and heart gradually as I have come to know Him deeper. I still acknowledge the troubles in my life (God doesn't want us to have our heads in the clouds!), but though things might cause me pain and sadness I have begun to feel a sense of peace while going through life's hardships, knowing God is a faithful God and our obstacles will rise, endure and then fade away, but God will never! All things are possible through God. It's certainly a process, learning to surrender your fears and troubles to God and relying on Him only, and one I'm still working on, but an amazing process that yields many blessings.

I hope this isn't too long! Just know, that no matter what you are dealing with today, it can be overcome. We might not be strong enough to overcome our difficulties, but God is. And when we rely on Him He will give us the strength and clarity to overcome all that comes against us.


  1. Romans 8: 28-30 NASB

    28And we know that [a]God causes (D)all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (E)called according to His purpose.

    29For those whom He (F)foreknew, He also (G)predestined to become(H)conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the(I)firstborn among many brethren;

    30and these whom He (J)predestined, He also (K)called; and these whom He called, He also (L)justified; and these whom He justified, He also (M)glorified.

    I believe this although suffering is still serious, but at least there is an ultimate hope for those in Christ.

  2. I agree about the ulitmate hope in Christ, and that is definitely an encouraging thing when this world is so full of suffering. I also find encouragement in these verses from Romans 5:1-5
    "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."

    ~many blessings