No matter what is happening around you, no matter the chaos, the fight, or the struggle God is God. He is Almighty. In Him we have peace. He is God, our Peace and our Sovereign. He doesn’t change. There is nothing that happens on this earth that He is not aware of. There is nothing that can happen that can surprise Him and nothing that He can’t handle. Imagine the worst thing that could happen. It isn’t too much for God. We can always turn to Him for help. He wants us to always turn to Him. We can always depend on Him. Verses 1-3 read,
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah”
God doesn’t have to reschedule for you. You don’t have to call and hope He’ll come by and help when He gets a chance. His help is more than lip service and broken promises. When you need Him, He is there, already with you. He is a very present help in trouble. He’s not thinking about what He’s got to do later, while He says He’s with you. He is wholly with you. He has your best interest in mind. It doesn’t matter if the world is falling down around you. God made the world and He’s got you. If the ground falls out from beneath you, it’s okay. He is your foundation and He’s got you and your best interest in mind.
God is not a luxury, He is a need, a necessity. The body can’t live without water, food, and oxygen. The soul can’t live without God. A river flows through land and makes the land fertile for plants, it brings water for drinking and fish for eating. Verses 4-7 say,
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah”
God is our Life-giving River. He flows through the Kingdom of Heaven, He flows through New Jerusalem. But guess what else? He flows through His people. We are His holy habitation, His dwelling place. We are the city of God, a city on a hill glorifying God. He makes us glad. We don’t have to question where He is, because He is with us, He is in us. Like a river, He flows out from us to give life to all those around.
Through all the mayhem of life the river flows, unchanged by the wars and tumult of the land. Yet the land would die without the river. The city wouldn’t survive without the river. Jerusalem wasn’t built on a river. Hezekiah actually built an underground water system for the city that allowed the city to thrive. No, the river in the City of God is God, our Salvation, our Living Water, our Holy Spirit. John 7:37-39 Jesus describes Himself and the Holy Spirit this way,
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Not only can we depend on God for real help and not only does He dwell in us, give us life and flow from us, but He is our refuge. We can go to Him and be wrapped safe within Him. He is with us. He is in us. We are in Him. How can we ever worry about anything? This is God Almighty. This is The Creator of the whole universe and everything in it. He is our Sustainer. He is God! Lord of Hosts, the entire army of angels is ready to do His bidding. What could we possibly have to fret about? Consider all He has done. Verses 8-9 remind us of some of His acts.
“Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.”
Bows, guns, spears, and cannons might frighten us, but they are nothing to the Lord. No weapon could hurt Him and we are in Him so we don’t have to worry about all those weapons either. Sure they can hurt us physically, they can even kill us, but they can’t defeat us, they can’t take God away from us, and they can’t take our eternal life from us. God is bigger than all that, He is Sovereign Almighty God. Isaiah 54:16-17 reminds us,
“Behold, I have created the smith
who blows the fire of coals
and produces a weapon for its purpose.
I have also created the ravager to destroy;
17 no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
Regardless of the cacophony around you, remember who God is, remember what He has done, what He can do, and what He has promised. You don’t have to worry or agonize over the confusion or the wars. Verses 10-11 read,
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Be still. God says, “Be still.” He doesn’t say “run here and there and fix your problems.” He doesn’t say “worry”, “protest”, or “freak out” He doesn’t say, “figure it out for yourself” or “cross your fingers and hope I’ll be able.” No, He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
He wants to let you be still and know He is God. When you trust it to Him, He is exalted. He is glorified. All those people watching, will see who God is and what He can do. Then they too can know He is God.