Read: Psalm 46
We will not fear though the earth gives way. (v. 2)
Imagine you’re looking forward to the birth of your second child. There are problems—multiple birth defects: the heart, spleen, and liver. Months of daily vigil, ceaseless travel between home and hospital. Finally you’re able to take the little tyke home. Twenty-four-hour nursing care will be required. After taking your son home, you report to your pastor (in this case me), “Our son is doing well but on my way home yesterday I was rear-ended. I sprained my neck, roughed up my knee, and injured my stomach a bit. As you know, I’m on kidney dialysis. The car was totaled.” Then this young, caring parent adds, “But we haven’t lost our faith.”
How is it possible to maintain faith and courage in such a world? Where is God when we need him? Recall Jesus asleep in the boat with his fearful disciples, in the midst of a violent storm. It seemed God was asleep (Mark 4:35-41). Yet doesn’t the psalm say our God is “a very present help in trouble” (v. 1)? Why does God do this to us? Well, as we struggle, we learn our limitations. We learn everything depends upon God’s grace and power. God’s seeming absence prompts us to exercise our faith.
Are you going through storms just now? Call upon Jesus. He holds all things together. Be of good courage. One greater than sickness and accidents is with you—one greater even than the forces of nature. Jesus will bring you safely through earth’s storms to heaven’s shores. —Chic Broersma
Prayer: Jesus Savior, pilot me.