God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

(Psalm 46:1-3, NIV)

 

In a culture filled with turmoil and division, it is easy to give in to fear.  We do not know what the state of our nation or world may be in ten years’ time, what will happen in the coming months, weeks, or even tomorrow.  What will happen in the political battles being waged, the conflicting social ideologies?  What laws will be passed that affect our freedoms?  What will they teach our children in the schools?

There’s a lot we could be afraid about.

But in all the chaos around us, God is constant.  He is a steady rock for those who belong to Him.  The Lord is strength and safety; He is always near, and He is always able.  We will pass through many storms, but wherever we go God is with us.

Therefore we have nothing to fear.  Therefore we can say, with this psalm, “we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea”, because God remains strong and immovable, our unshakable hope.

We do not have to be afraid of how things are going to turn out.  We know how they will turn out in the long run, that in the end God’s triumph is sure.  Our calling, in the meantime, is to fix our eyes on God and be still.

 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

(v.10)