TROUBLE OR TROUBLED???


Psalm 46:1-3 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.”  NKJV

Each of us has an option or options when we are faced with trouble.  We can, as many, become troubled and allow trouble to flood over us sapping us of our hope and rendering us impotent in its wake.  The other option is to follow the prescription David offers here and experience a revelation that will release the supernatural in our lives and situation.  There is always a choice!

Most of us have experienced times of deep trouble where we were not sure how we would or if we would come through it.  When we find ourselves in the face of imminent danger or threat we can allow the waves of fear to overcome us, or we can look outside our fears looking through the situation to the solution.  It is a choice but one that is rooted in relationship and anchored to experiential confidence.  I can have all the information about a matter that is available and know logically and rationally what could or should happen but my confidence in the outcome will be stronger after experience.

David declared, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  The words present help seem to leap off the page at me when I read this.  Most will affirm that they believe God has promised to be our refuge and that He is our strength but too frequently we miss the PRESENTNESS of God!  Amid the difficulty, HE IS THERE!  He is in the immediate not the projected.  He is in the immediate not the theoretical.  He “IS” and because He “IS” David says, “we will not fear…”  The confidence of God’s promise of a provision of safety and His Omnipotence in the IMMEDIATE banishes fear.  Fear and God’s presence are not compatible except for our reverential fear of Him.  Fear that has torment is incompatible with the presence of God.

David described a condition where there are earthquakes either natural, emotional, social, economic, political, or spiritual and declares that because of GOD’s Presence fear was banished.  When he says we will not he declared that this is a cooperation between the heart of man and the power of God.  God provides the power and demonstrates His presence and man must make the choice to embrace God or fear. 

The question is always, “Do we trust?”  I suggest that knowing the promise is one thing.   Believing that God is Omnipotent is one thing.  Believing that God is Now Present in our situation is another.  Just knowing it with our heads does not always equivalent to receiving it in our hearts.  Knowing something theoretically without the experiential may leave one with doubt whereas having both knowledge and experience opens the door and makes it easier to enter into the Present Reality of God’s Presence, Purpose, Promise, and Provision.  Therefore, developing a relationship with Him is vital to our forward progress in life spiritually.

Rather than being troubled, I pray that God will help each one to see the trouble simply a condition unworthy of fear because of the PRESENTNESS of God.  Look beyond and through the troubles and trials to the solution and in Him rejoice and relax.  He is God and always will be God.

God bless you as you go through your day!