When Trouble Strikes

Psalm 46:1-3

As the saying goes, “It’s not a matter of if trouble will strike, but when.”

This is a hard reality to accept. Our hearts want to focus on what we perceive to be the more positive promises of Scripture, yet we forget our Savior’s words in John 16:33. We will face trouble in this life.

Are you prepared?

Our team at Moody Radio Chattanooga recently faced a time of trouble when a devastating fire broke out on February 20, 2018, destroying our offices and studios. We were left wondering why this happened, and asking the Lord how He would provide. When trouble strikes, we must remember and cling to the promises of God. The book of Psalms is a haven for the soul.

Psalm 46, in particular, is a well-loved portion of Psalms, and for good reason. The first three verses contain three powerful truths that help us prepare for when trouble strikes.

First, verse one tells us to begin with God and His promise to help. At the onset of trouble, we find ourselves tempted to trust in our resources, our position, our strength, and while those are not wrong in and of themselves, they are not sufficient. A time of intense trouble, such as the fire we faced in Chattanooga, reveals where our hope is placed.

In verse one, the Psalmist says God is our refuge and strength. Not maybe, but is. Literally, He is a shelter and a place of rest in our trouble, and is our strength. The Psalmist’s further declaration that He is a “very present help” in times of trouble is communicating that God’s help is also dependable. The Lord God Almighty is a proven source of help, one that we can count on no matter the situation. We experienced this first-hand as God graciously provided a temporary space for us to broadcast at Precept Ministries International nearby, and eventually the resources to renovate our office and studio space. God is good.

Have you experienced this reality as one of God’s children as well?

A second powerful truth deals with our response when trouble strikes. Knowing God is our refuge and strength and that He can be depended upon should cause us to echo the Psalmist’s call in verse two to not fear. It can be easy at times to give into the fear, anxiety, and stresses of life. Our team in Chattanooga battled this.

In your life, what causes you to fear? That is where God wants to meet you.

The third truth deals with our attitude when trouble strikes. Not only do we not have to fear, but we can have utter confidence in our God, as we see in verses two and three. Though everything around us may be falling apart, we have utter confidence in our God. Only the Christian can take this attitude.

This was the attitude of Daniel, Esther, and many others in Scripture. A barometer for the confidence of our soul is the posture of prayer. As we seek the Lord in prayer, we humble ourselves before Him. The work of our hands and feet cease, and our eyes focus on Him. Read Isaiah 40:12-31 and be reminded of the great God we serve!

Truly, God is our refuge and strength, and His help is dependable, and we therefore have nothing to fear, but can have total confidence in Him.

George Economos
Director of Strategic Marketing, Moody Radio

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