Psalm 46:1 (KJV) ” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble “.
Have you ever felt in need of a safe haven? I have many times whilst I was travelling alone on the job. In the midst of rumours of civil unrest, during an earthquake, when floods occurred while en route to the airport for a flight home, when trouble was brewing at the office as auditees resisted audit comments and recommendations. I have found the Lord has been my refuge when there was no one to lean on or when faced with circumstances seemingly beyond my control.
There are many situations in life if you live long enough when you will find that He is the only protection you have. Thank God for
– 1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your cares on Him for He careth for you
– Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.
Thank God that when the Lord protects, He also strengthens you. Have you felt so weak because things are out of control or you could not find a solution to problems? He helps sustain and carry you through with His strength.
I remember I was on my first foreign audit assignment and at that time the first generation Toshiba laptop I was tooled with weighed like a ton to me as my right shoulder which carried it was literally weighed down and I was all lop-sided. I wondered if I would make it to the airport terminal building as we had to disembark the plane at a small third world country airport, walk down the plane stairs and across the unlevel tarmac for a long distance, climb the stairs(as escalators were not the order of the day then) to the arrival level of the terminal which was on the first floor to clear immigration. Not only did I have the laptop, I also had a briefcase filled to the brim with Audit files, and it was in the days when there were no trolley bags or trolley briefcases. Needless to say I even had to check-in my handcarry overnighter just because I was not strong enough to carry all although for someone who is taller and bigger, it would not have been any problem. Being small of stature and just a wee bit over 5 feet, it was indeed a mammoth task for an individual with no one to encourage on the seemingly long walk from plane to the terminal. I needed extra strength to walk safely up and down the stairs and over the unlevelled tarmac, and I could only call on my only Source of strength to help me and He did. Praise the Lord!
Faith Child you never have to walk alone in life wherever you are, in whatever season, for you have a Refuge and Strength in the Lord. Praise the Lord.
The Bible says in Isaiah 46: 4 (NIV) The Lord says, ” I am he, who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and rescue you “