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.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. – Psalm 46
I thought I would write this down while I still had this fresh in my mind, being that the enemy uses trying times to encourage disappointment, anger, faithlessness and just about anything to make us walk away from God.
This week there were many layoffs at my work. This wasn’t my first rodeo, but there was something slightly different than before. This is one of those “the math doesn’t add up” type situations. I would usually get pretty nervous even though I knew that, due to my position, I was relatively “safe”, thankfully, nothing ever came of those nervous feelings that had me coming home stressed out. Like I said, this time around was different, the Lord had blessed me months before with a new position, not nearly as “safe” (during these type situations) as my previous position, and it happened again. These are tough economic times and tough decisions must be made. I analyzed the situation and said to myself “you know, chances are you’re on the chopping block this time”. I waited for it to sink in and when I put into perspective all that me losing my job would imply, something happened…an overwhelming peace came to me. A comfort that one feels only from their father’s protective embrace. I felt like a little kid that gets picked up and held in arms, I came to terms with what would happen would happen. I’m afraid my peace came across as indifference to my wife…but she eventually got on board the peace train.
Thank the Lord that this tribulation has come and gone, and though my job was spared I learned a valuable lesson that didn’t have to be learned the hard way…to be still and know who God is. I exalt him and praise him because I know that the peace I felt came from Him, and when those storms come (because they will come) I will know who to trust!
Lord I ask that you be with all your children that are suffering tribulations at this time. From the unemployed to the inconsolable I ask that your Holy Spirit inundate their hearts with your presence, that they may feel the hand of the almighty, star breathing, creator of the universe on their hearts, that you fill them with peace and joy for:
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
In the glorious name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen!