Remember God (Psalm 46:1-2)

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This verse reminds us that God is always with us. The words in our verse “very present help” really can be translated an “ever-present help,” meaning that God is ALWAYS with us. When we’re in the midst of our trouble (meaning “an event causing distress or pain”), God doesn’t leave us.

When my daughter was younger, she would often get scared at night. She couldn’t fall asleep well and then her mind would fill with what-if thoughts about terrible things that could possibly happen to her and those she cared about. Those thoughts would swirl about her head until she was almost inconsolable. She doesn’t have those troubles anymore, and it wasn’t because of logic or explaining the statistical improbabilities of her horror-filled scenarios.

What we did was have her look up Scripture regarding God’s love and protection. Then she handwrote the Scriptures out and we covered her wall and headboard with verses about God’s protection and care. When she started to feel scared, she would turn on her flashlight and read the verses that promised God’s protection. This was a problem that we as her parents couldn’t solve for her – it was one that depended on God’s Spirit filling her with his words of protection and comfort.

The following verse is also powerful: “So we will not fear when the earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea” – Psalm 46:2 (NLT). As followers of Christ who are protected by Jesus, we don’t need to fear the earth when it shakes or the mountains when they crash into the sea. God’s got this and God’s got you in his hands.

When you’re in need of encouragement, go back and read the verses from the previous devotions in this series or look up your own verses about God’s promises to you in times of fear. Then write some of those verses out and put them in a place where you’ll see them. God’s Word does not fail.

Brought to Safety (Isaiah 43:1)

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This verse is found in the midst of a passage written by the prophet Isaiah, first about the terrible tragedy of the exile, when God turned the Israelites over to the Babylonians as a result of their sin. Second, beginning with our verse, God says that he will redeem Israel in spite of their sins, a result of his grace.

The Israelites repeatedly sinned against God throughout their history. But here, remarkably, we see that God promises to redeem them; promises to make them whole again. He uses personal pronouns throughout the passage (I/mine), reminding the people that they belong to Him – the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

In times of uncertainty, we can take the same refuge in God that the Israelites did so long ago. In spite of our sinfulness, God still loves us, cares for us, and ultimately will redeem us. The word “redeem” means to bring into safety.

God is showing his grace and love to us each and every day, and he will bring us into the ultimate safety of his arms at some point in the future. No matter how bad things get, we can have confidence in the fact that in the end, God wins. God will save us from this world and all of the evil and sin that abounds. That promise of ultimate salvation should give us solace in our temporary situations that are so often filled with fear and anxiety.

God’s got this and God’s got you.