God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalms 46: 1 GNT)
This week, I have been meditating on this thought. There is so much to this small statement that can be unpacked. It is a revelation that can set our hearts free from all the fears, worries, and anxious thoughts we face day after day. In Deuteronomy God told the people of Israel, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. What a powerful promise that we can claim.
In James chapter 4 we find hope in knowing that at any time, anyplace we can draw near to God, and He will draw near to us. He is as close as the mere mention of His name. Just whispering His name turns His gaze to us. In Psalm 116 it says because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! He is never too busy. His eyes are over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers. As we abide in God’s Word and spend time with Him each day, His presence surrounds us, and we can experience life-giving hope and love throughout the day. No matter what we are facing, we have peace in knowing that the LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. We are His! His desire is for us to be close to Him so that He can hide us under the shadow of His wings. He paid the price so that we can be called His children. Oh, what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the sons and daughters of the Highest (1 John 3:1).
So, in closing, let us be reminded that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God our heavenly Father. Whisper Jesus!