Just a few moments ago, I checked our national news website, Stuff News. My attention was drawn immediately to the headline which read, “Mountains have moved”…
With the recent earthquakes here in NZ, and the damaging effect it is having on so many, I couldn’t help but reference this headline in my mind with Psalm 46:1-3…
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling”. Selah
The word “Selah” means, “to pause, think, or meditate upon”, and I believe we would all benefit from doing exactly that. To reflect upon, and consider that as believers in Jesus Christ – we do not live in uncertainty, we do not have to worry about the future, and we do not need to panic about the present. Why? Because GOD is our refuge!
Our nation does well in times like this – this has been proven. But let us as believers, pray that the Holy Spirit would do a work in people’s hearts, and help them to ‘join the dots’ and realise that the only true refuge one can find in this life, is in Christ, through the gospel. This involves repentance (inward sorrow over sins against God, and a willingness to turn from them), and trusting in Christ for salvation (turning to God through faith, for forgiveness and deliverance from sin). We will not find true refuge in our resilience, nor in optimism, nor in our self-reliance. We need God!
Let us truly “love our neighbour” in these times in which we live, by helping on a practical level of course -but not at the expense of pointing them to that eternal place of refuge, found only in Jesus Christ.
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