“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” Psalm 46:1-3 NLT
The words used to describe God in these verses should bring a sense of calm and trust in our times of challenge. God never talks about avoiding or the absence of calamity in our lives. Things are going to happen. When things are crumbling and our world is shaken, God has not failed us. He has promised to be with us in the middle of tragedy. When we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, we sometimes think that God has abandoned us, but this is not the case.
“George Young wrote "God Leads His Dear Children Along" after his home was burned to the ground. Here are some of the lyrics:
"In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet God leads His dear children along Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet God leads His dear children along Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright God leads His dear children along Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night God leads His dear children along Some through the waters, some through the flood Some through the fire, but all through the blood Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song In the night season and all the day long." He is always ready to help. Run to Him.
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.