Occasionally we will have a week where we are confronted with one trial after another. This week has been such for me. The combination of headline grabbing tragedies that have been rampant, difficulties at work, challenges at home, and the everyday battle with my own flesh has been overwhelming at times over the last several days. Compared to the burdens of others, my problems are minor. But they are problems nonetheless.
What a comfort to know that we have both a refuge and a source of strength in the midst of our troubles! We have a friend in Jesus who has the power to both protect and empower us to endue the difficulties of life. No other individual can provide such to us. I am thankful for the few dear friends that I have that would do anything to help me if I were in trouble. Yet their assistance is limited. Distance, lack of resources, lack of understanding, etc. naturally limit what they can do for me. I also have the same shortcomings as I try to minister to others. But such does not limit Jesus.
Our Savior has unlimited availability. He is omnipresent. He is always available. Therefore he is a present help in time of trouble. We can call out to him in prayer at any moment and he is available. He has the power to protect us. Sadly, I have tried to minister to individuals who were in such trouble that I was powerless to assist them. Not so with our Lord. In this Psalm, David said that the Lord is our refuge though the earth be removed. That is complete power! In addition to protection, the Lord also gives us strength. In reality, we do not have what takes to endure the trials of life. We are weak. We are fragile. We are sinful. Yet by the grace of God, we can fight the good fight of faith in the midst of manifold trials and tribulations.
The Apostle Paul concurred with the Psalmist. He constantly dealt with both Jews and Gentiles that sought his life. Yet he pressed on with joy and encouraged others to stand fast in the Lord. How on earth was he able to maintain such faith in the midst of so much trouble? He remembered where to look for refuge and strength and understood that Christ was a very present help in trouble!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Wherever we find ourselves this morning I pray that we will pause and remember this profound thought. Sometimes troubles come from outside difficulties. Sometimes they are of our own making. Either way we have protection and power in Jesus.
Michael D. Green, Jr.
Fort Wayne Primitive Baptist Church