God Our Refuge and Strength

By: Woody Godbey

I was reading Psalms 46 this morning and thought about all the hard times I've experienced over 66 years. A lot of those hard times would have been easier on me if I had of let go and let God. Yes, we've all used that phrase many times but how many times do we really let go?

Psalm 46 affirms the sufficiency of God’s mighty presence when life gets too big for us to handle. Take your time when you read this and let God's Word fill your heart:

"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. …The lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah. Come and see the works of the lord, 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 bums the shields with fire. "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. Selah."

I'm sure we all could do a self-inventory and find one thing we could let go of this week, trusting God to take care of it?

Most of the world views success as fame, fortune and accomplishment. Our society has chosen personality over character. Christian success must be built of character, not of personality or skill. The great qualities in life are involved in the positive characteristics of a person, such as wisdom, integrity, honesty, loyalty, faith, forgiveness, and love.

One thing I like about a computer is I can read a verse of Scripture in several translations in a very short time. The Everyday Bible gives an interesting translation of Psalm 131, "Lord, my heart is not proud. I do not look down on others. I do not do great things and I cannot do miracles. But I am calm and quiet."

I thought about that verse and the question came to mind, how can we claim Christian success unless our hearts are calm and quiet? Inside of every one of us there should be a quiet place that nothing can disturb. God's throne is in the third heaven but He also has a throne in the innermost part of a Christian’s heart, where no storm, tribulation, or temptation can disturb.

The Bible tells us, "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." I heard a preacher use a quote that went something like this, "Our condition is more than our accomplishment. Our greatest accomplishment is our condition."

As Christians it's our business to do the will of God; we know through Scripture that God takes on Himself the special care of His people, therefore we should never be afraid of anything! So, when trials, tribulations and problems too big for us to handle come our direction, let go and Let God! God Bless!