Luke 12:22-28 (24)
There are times when it feels like we are in a pressure cooker situation. The lid is sealed. Life’s situation is heating up. The pressure is becoming unbearable.
The Word of God reminds us repeatedly that God will never leave us or forsake us. He is with us in our times of stress. Psalm 46:1 says it all. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” The Hebrew word for “trouble” in this verse means “pressed in.” We might say that the Psalmist was “between a rock & a hard place.” “He was up a creek without a paddle.”
When Martin Luther was surrounded by enemies he read this Psalm and then wrote the great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” He saw the tremendous power of God as “a bulwark never failing.”
Elvis Presley, a man who seemed to have it all, once said, “I would give a million dollars for one week of peace.” He recorded a song that probably described his life;”All Shook Up.” “I am all shook up,” he sang.
Our world is in the blender of sin. Nations are in an uproar. We face economic crisis. We pillow our heads at night with memories of the news of hatred, division and strife. But is spite of this we can stand under the shelter of the Almighty. Regardless of what happens in the world there is still the strength, power and might of God. We can always look confidently to Him to supply our need.
By Dr. Gayle Woods