Refuge

Job cuts, job losses, earthquakes, share price plunge, plane crashes, ship hijacked by pirates etc are the latest in town. It is almost impossible to listen to the radio, watch the TV or read the news without these captions jumping at us.

Where is the world going and what exactly is happening? These and other questions are top on people’s minds. It looks like the headlines have shifted from coups, hunger, wars in Africa to Global meltdown, credit crunch and recession. The attention seems to have shifted to the West.

But these were the Economies and Countries that had/have a working and trusted system, so what happened? If the trusted systems are failing and the stable economies are becoming unstable, what are we to expect in the coming months? Analysts are not even sure again, some say, the recession will continue, others are saying there is a turn around for the better.

As if all the above were not bad enough, developing Countries are now targets of terrorist attacks…amazing! I used to think that only developed Countries were targets – how times change. It is increasingly becoming difficult to predict which place is safe and which is not.

I grew up thinking earthquakes only happened in the East, but even Europe is no longer exempt. Now a whole plane is missing and the number of aviation mysteries seems to have just increase by one. May God comfort the families of the passengers.

I am not in anyway magnifying or reminding you (as if you did not know) about the current happenings. Rather, this is a wake up call for us all to know that things will not always be the way they have been. The order is changing and the world is changing so fast that we need a grip less we fall. Times like this call for sober reflection.

In who or what do you trust? Where does your confidence and safety lie? What is your hope? In the midst of all of these, remember: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” We often pray and hope that God will save us from trouble and keep problems from us, but God is sovereign. Sometimes, He keeps the trouble away, at other times, He saves us IN the trouble. In the days of the disciples, He could have prevented the storm but He saved them IN the storm.

Be still and know that He is God…

8 thoughts on “Refuge

  1. hmmm….looking at the whole situation…instincts should tell anybody and everybody to run for cover …
    i’m just happy i know that the best covering is with God.

  2. Economic times and sudden job loss are challenging for sure.
    Recently I lost a job I loved for 18 years. However, I was able to turn my shock and fear into joy, opportunity, and deeper meaning within 7 days by following simple plan……..even included one miracle.
    I was inspired to write a brief book about my experience and outcome. Details on website:
    http://www.rp-author.com/Webbon. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com
    I hope you will read my story and share with others.
    My hope is that the plan I followed will have as much value to you as it did for me.
    Wishing you only the very best in moving forward.
    Linda Webbon http://www.rp-author.com/Webbon

  3. The ironies of life; the meltdown has shifted from developing countries to developed countries. Funny how we build empires and we become strong for a while and become world leaders, then one season, everything comes tumbling down. wars, rumors of war, conflicts, clashes everywhere—God help us.

    where does my help/confidence come from? It comes from my father, the maker of heaven and earth. the one who has assured me that he is a helper found in times of need. the one who elects kings and demotes others. the one who has set my feet on a solid rock. the one, whose name is a strong tower and i run into it and am saved. the one under whose wings/feathers i am enclosed. the one who has enveloped me with his favor. the one who thinks of me and knows that my walls are ever before him………you get the drift now

    • Yes, I do…am sure God is so proud of all these – He must be saying “Yes, that is me”. Am proud to have such a father who is all you have listed and more…

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