“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”
“Be still, and now that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Our teen Sunday School class has been studying the topic of “Handling Suffering” for the past couple of weeks, and we are discovering that this world can be a pretty depressing place to live at times. We’ve clipped news articles from our local newspaper that were peppered with crimes, robberies, natural disasters, immorality, disease, pollution, tragic accidents, immigration issues, poverty, and wars. Does God really care about all of this? Our emphatic response, “God DOES exist, He DOES Care, and He is good and sovereign.”
How reassuring it is for us to remember that God is still in control! We have no reason to fear, fret or worry! God is a refuge (safe place), a strength, and present help in our times of need. What a wonderful hope f0r the future we have that according to
God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes.
There shall be nor more death,
Neither sorrow, nor crying,
Neither shall there be no more pain,
For the former things are passed away.
We can take heart that a day is coming (and soon) when sin’s curse will be completely lifted and all suffering will be ended! Until then, we can be thankful for God’s sustaining grace that comforts us, as believers, in our troubled times.