• Dr. Mike Routt

A Word from Dr. Mike - 5/31/22

Out of control wildfires. Polarizing political climate. Social unrest. Threats of random terrorism. The war in Ukraine. Active shooter incidents (50% uptick since last year). Rampant inflation. Supply shortages. Angry people. And you can add to the list all of the personal fears: a health crisis, unemployment, family conflict, financial problems, marital problems, and unresolved emotional issues.

Our days are filled with uncertainly. What is going to happen next is the repeated question. Followers of JESUS are not immune to the emotion of fear. Fear continues to grow in our culture, and it can spill over into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we feel surrounded by fear. As Christians, what are we to do

as we live in such a time of upheaval and personal trials? The answer is found in Psalm 46:1.

GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Let’s address the reality of fear. At times, circumstances arouse fears and cause us to lose our spiritual focus.

Let’s look at every word in verse 1. How can we resolve our fears?

The first word is “GOD.” The subject is GOD. When your life is filled with fear, you begin with GOD.

“Is.” A liking verb is used to re-identify or describe its subject. David, the writer of this Psalm, is about to describe to us what the subject of the sentence, GOD, is.

“Our.” It is a personal pronoun. The word identifies a personal relationship. The psalmist makes reference to himself and to his readers, who have a personal relationship with GOD. This connection is the antidote for our fears.

“Refuge.” Refuge is what GOD is to those of us who have a personal relationship with Him. A “refuge” is a place where you are safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. It is a place you run to when you are afraid.

“And.” This word is a coordinating conjunction that joins two or more items of equal syntactic importance. The writer is going to tell us something else about GOD.

“Strength.” GOD is our strength. When fear seeks to wear us down, we turn our fears over to GOD. As a result, He provides His strength to allow us to endure whatever issues that are “fanning” our fears.

“A very.” Very is an adverb. It is used for emphasis: extremely, extraordinary, immensely, supremely, remarkably.

“Present.” Right now. GOD is present in the life of every believer. So, if you have fear right now, you can turn to GOD, who is “present.”

“Help.” When we are filled with fear due to personal trials or world events, we have a GOD who is our very present help. In other words, when we turn to GOD in our fears, He immediately helps us.

“In trouble.” When is GOD a “very present help?” When you are “in trouble.” That is, in your time of trial, stress, and great fear.

What kind of trouble does GOD help us in?

· Diagnosis of a terminal disease

· Job termination

· Severe marital conflict

· An unexpected death

· A world “turned upside down.”

· The list is endless

What is the opposite of our fears? Our faith! We believe with all our hearts that GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. When we believe the truth of Psalm 46:1, faith grows and fear dissipates.

GOD should be the focus of your life - not your fear-causing circumstances or uncertain world events.

In spite of the most severe adversity in your life, you can experience GOD’s peace because He is your place of safety and He is the One who gives you strength to endure whatever crisis you experience.

Pastor Mike

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