“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2 NLT
Many years ago, when I was going through a difficult season, I stenciled this verse on a canvas and placed it on my wall. I needed to see it daily, to be reminded that God is my rock and my stability, my faith and my hope, my support and my love.
In times of struggle, it can be easy to lose faith. It can be easy to forget that God is always with us, that He is our security and our strength; that with Him, all things are possible. He gives us courage and boldness, along with humility and grace. He goes before us, walks beside us, and stands behind us in support.
During trials we may think that God has abandoned us. We wonder why He is allowing our suffering. We wonder why He doesn’t stop it, why He’s not answering our prayers. Did He forget about us?
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
“…be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” Hebrews 13:5 NIV
There are so many verses within the Bible where God declares His faithfulness to us and says He will never leave us.
God is always with us. During our times of struggle, when we may not feel His presence, I promise He is there. We are the ones who pull away from Him and then we blame Him for abandoning us. But He never left.
Our God is a God who created us in His image, designed each of us in intricate detail, and knows the number of hairs on our heads. Our God, who sent His son in the flesh, a tiny, vulnerable baby, born in a manager. This is fresh in our minds as we have just celebrated the birth of Jesus.
That is how much our God loves us. That is His power, His mercy, His grace. He sent His son to live on earth, to experience what we experience, to endure extreme suffering. He did this to save us.
How can we lose faith in our God, who has been so faithful to us? How can we lose hope?
As we move forward and prepare for the start of a new year, may we replace our worries with hope, our fears with faith, and our uncertainty with God’s steadfastness. He is our fortress.
Our song for today is In Your Presence by Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith