Do not Fear; God is an ever-present help in trouble


I think that most would agree that our thinking significantly impacts our actions. Since that is the case, we must guard our thoughts to ensure we take the right steps or course of action. What is it that the Word of God says about God? Jeremiah 23:24 tells us about God’s omnipresence and omnipotence. Listen to what is said: “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.”Omnipresence is closely related to omnipotence and omniscience, that is, God who is everywhere is able to act everywhere, and He acts in infinite wisdom at every point because He knows all things. He has access to all places and all secrets. The omnipresence of God, therefore, is a source of comfort and strength to the believer.

In that, God is everywhere, and God has the power to do anything. The writer in Psalms 46 expresses a complete understanding of those concepts. Listen to what he says.

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.

Who is God? Our refuge. A refuge is a place of shelter and protection from harm. When it rains, we seek refuge. When people are persecuted, they seek refuge. God is the shelter and protection for the believer. This is what the psalmist is saying. He also says as a consequence of God being a shelter and protection that we will not fear. Fear is an emotion that develops from concern that some imminent danger or harm will actually befall us.

In verse seven, the psalmist wrote “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” If you know that the all-present and all-powerful God is with you why would one fear? The only reason is that one truly doesn’t know or refuses to believe who God is. We must stand in the admonition of God through the psalmist as he says Do not Fear; God is an ever-present help in trouble. Where is the trouble in your life right now? Immanuel, God with us, is there with you. Do not Fear.

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