God Our Strength
God is our refuge and strength ...
How many of you feel weak as you go through life trying to be a good Christian? I know that at times I have felt that and have wondered if the struggle was worth it. The Bible clearly says though that,
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." - Psalms 46:1
So how can this promise be a reality in our lives? I would like to share with you a time in my own life when I realized more fully how to make this a reality.
In January 2007 we went as a family to NZ for a holiday, having a love for the great outdoors we spent a lot of time exploring the natural wonders of this country. In the North Island we explored the many volcanoes in the area, and ended up climbing Mt Nguarhoe, an active volcano. It is approximately 2,931m above sea level, was 12 years overdue and was currently on alert level 1.Which meant an increase of volcanic activity. Not very encouraging thoughts as we started that morning.
First we walked up the valley that narrowed as we got closer to the mountain till we were climbing over sharp mounds of old lava. By the time we had climbed the saddle and were at the base of the mountain we were quite tired because of the high altitude. A short rest and then the mountain that towered above us. Up we went and what a hard climb! The mountain is a classical cone shape and so is extremely steep! All our climbing was done on a Slope like this / ! Very tiring and if you looked down your legs went to jelly!
The slope of the mountain was covered with loose grave (called scoria) so that at times you did one step up and one step back. The last little bit was a literal on the knees job with very little to hang on to. Exhausted we finally got to the top, walked alone a narrow track and then sat down on hot rocks with steam coming out behind us.
My mind then turned to the power that lay underneath me that has destroyed cites and landscapes within minutes. And is more powerful than anything that man has ever made. Then the thought hit me God made this mighty power as it says in Psalm 33:6-9:
"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." - Psalm 33:6-9
You see friends, this climb is a lot like our lives. Full of tough times, weaknesses, troubles, trials, ill health and many other things. But as the power in the volcano was always there during the climb, so God is always with us no matter what we are going though. He promises in Isaiah 40:29 that:
"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength" - Isaiah 40:29
The key then is to, just like that climb, never let go of God in our lives as He is always there for us. Just like the power in the volcano was with us the entire time of our hike. And when we are climbing the hardest times of our lives and feel the weakest it is then that God's power is greater!! I love this encouraging statement taken from the beautiful book Desire of Ages:
"Not a sigh is breathed, not a pain felt not a grief pierces the soul, but the throb vibrates to the Fathers heart..... God is bending from His throne to hear the cry of the oppressed. To very sincere pray He answers, Here am I. He lifts the distressed and downtrodden. In all our afflictions He is afflicted. In every temptation and every trial He is near to deliver." - Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages p. 356
haze 5 years ago - December 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
thanks for the encouragement! truly, God is our strength. both in our physical bodies and in our spirits and souls. we only need to be connected to Him continually. Glory to God!
Julie 11 years ago - November 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm
such a beautiful and important truth - I am always with you and will never leave you - thank you for encouraging me today!!!
DAVID ILOMA 11 years ago - November 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm
A BEAUTIFUL PIECE. More power to your elbows.
Scott 11 years ago - November 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Thanks Hannah Loved that Story. Would have liked to see some photos from up there too. Onward & upward christian soldiers until we reach Zions Mountain top.
cecile 11 years ago - November 14, 2011 at 5:29 am
GOD is our strength,he is always with us,do not give up
Emmanuel 11 years ago - November 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm
Hello Anonymous, thanks for sharing your comments. Being a follower of Christ often (sadly) creates distance between non-believers. But while we don't seek to create division, the life of Christ being lived out often pricks the conscience of others and they may harden their hearts and distance themselves. Of course God cares for those He created in His own image. He gave everything to save the vilest sinner! And as witnesses for Christ let it be our life calling to save others to the eternal kingdom.
@Judy, yes, it does :)
Anonymous 11 years ago - November 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Thanks for the enlightenment. I was just wondering how it would be better to lead a life as a humble and good human being rather than a good christian, because whatever good you do you will always be separated by a set of people, I mean the non christians, not that they hate us but it willl cause a distance between, do you think God does not care for them.;) Just want to know what you think.
Judy 11 years ago - November 13, 2011 at 6:32 am
Your thought for the day fits in well with the video we shared with you last night by Sye Rogers!