Who is there that can stop a violent earthquake? Who can put a cork on the mouth of a volcano and stop the flow of destructive and killing lava? Who can protect his house when a tornado is headed toward it? Who can ward off the attack of an overwhelming number of fully armed murderous thieves?
The answer we will find in Psalm 46:1-3, where we read, "God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.''
The almighty God is our hope. He has all things completely under His control. Threatening political, social, and economic situations are not due to temporary loss of control. With God there are no accidents. Every creature large and small with life and without life, depends every split-second upon God for its existence, and does only what He is pleased to do through it. We have, therefore a powerful Father Who does not simply keep every creature from working against our good, but in working what is for the good He promised us. He is our refuge but also our strength. In Him we hide, and His strength will surely keep us safe and bring us to everlasting blessedness.
A song we do well to learn and sing is our Psalter versification:
God is our refuge and our strength,
Our ever present aid,
And, therefore, though the earth remove,
We will not be afraid;
Though hills amidst the seas be cast,
Though foaming waters roar,
Yea though the mighty billows shake
The mountains on the shore.
We are headed for wars and rumors of wars, nation rising up against nation, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places (Matthew 24:6-12). But we are not only safe; all these will serve the purpose of preparing the way for Christ's return, and will bring us to the city of God and its everlasting blessedness.
Song for Meditation: Psalter #365
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Quote for Reflection:
“When God creates faith in a man, it is certainly as great a work as if He were creating heaven and earth anew.” ~Martin Luther
- Date: 8-June
Rev. John A. Heys was born on March 16, 1910 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was ordained and installed into the ministry at Hope, Walker, MI in 1941. He later served at Hull, Iowa beginning in 1955. In 1959 he accepted the call to serve the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church. He received and accepted the call to Holland, Michigan Protestant Reformed Church in 1967. He retired from the active ministry in 1980. He entered into glory on February 16, 1998.