“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Nearly every week of my life, I board a plane to fly to some meeting. In certain seasons, the air seems to be more turbulent than others. It is always interesting to watch different passengers on the plane when going through those turbulent times. The passenger who has never faced the turbulence is holding onto the armrests for dear life; whereas, the experienced traveler keeps doing what they were doing because they have been through turbulence before.
There are always those times when even the experienced traveler becomes a little unnerved at the turbulence. When the pilot tells the flight attendants to sit down, you know you are about ready to hit the turbulent air. The one comfort that always helps me in those times is that the pilot’s voice is always very calm in their announcements. The reason the pilot is not concerned is because he has probably been through those turbulent times before and the present bit of turbulence doesn’t bother them at all.
The verse above is telling the believer that they don’t have to be concerned when they are going through turbulent times in their life. The verse above gives the believer several things they can hold onto to calm their troubled spirit. Let me share with you what to do when you face turbulent times in life.
First, look to God. The very first word in the verse above is, “God.” The only one who can guide you through your turbulent times is God. You can run to humans for help, but humans can only point you to God because He is the only one Who can help you to successfully make it through those times.
Second, realize that “God is.” My friend, God is not afar off when you go through the turbulent seasons in life. One thing you can count on is that God is very active in your life. The verse above does not say that God was a refuge and strength, but that He is presently there in your life to help you through whatever you are facing.
Third, God is your refuge. The best way I can define God being a refuge is to say that He goes before you to shield you from whatever you are facing. God being your refuge is like a child who gets behind their parent when they are afraid of what is in front of them. Knowing that their parent is in front of them is what calms the nerves of that child to assure them that they will be okay. Believer, stop trying to face the troubles yourself and move behind God to let Him shield you from the turbulent winds that are unnerving. The way you move behind God is to go to Him in prayer and cast your worries and concerns in His lap and ask for His help.
Fourth, God is your strength. You will find the boldness you need to face your problems when you hide yourself in God. That child who is hiding behind their parent becomes emboldened when they know that their parent will take care of the problems in front of them.
My friend, God promises that He will be a “very present help in trouble.” You can try to face your problems alone, or you can hide yourself in God and be at peace in the turbulent times of life. Always remember that if God is your help, the turbulent winds of life will not harm or destroy you.