The Bible is the word of God and gives us real answers to big questions. It provides the best possible hope we can have. In Psalm 46, the psalmist has this assurance for us: verse 1: 'God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.' No one would doubt that this is a troubled time. But God has promised to be '...our refuge and strength.' in trouble, especially now. Surely we must turn to God. He is the one who can help us. He is the Christian’s shelter. We all know what it is to be sheltered, maybe under a tree when the weather is inclement. God has promised to be a shelter for us. He is our shelter in the blasts of life when we come under His protection. 

He is also our strength. The fact is that we have no strength of our own. We have come away from God. We have turned our backs on Him. we have broken His good laws. The Bible calls this sin. But although we have sinned and therefore offended God greatly, He will forgive us when we turn from our sins and trust in Him.

How is it possible for God to be our refuge and strength? It is possible because God has sent His son the Lord Jesus Christ to come into the world as the Saviour for our sins. 1 John chapter 4 verse 14 says: '...the Father has sent the Son as the Saviour of the world.' Jesus Christ did not stay in heaven, He came down to this world. He became a man. He knew the hardships and sufferings of this earth. we are told 'A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief', Isaiah 53:3b. His sufferings peaked when He died on the cross. When Jesus died, He did so as a sacrifice for our sins. Christ died in the sinners place. 'For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.'  1 Peter 3:18. But three days later He rose again. Some time after, He ascended into heaven and sits at God's right hand. He really does welcome those who come to Him by faith. He will welcome you. He said '...the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.' Come to Christ. Keep on coming to Christ. He will receive you with open arms. If you have never trusted in Christ as your saviour and Lord, then I would urge you to do so. If you are trusting in Him, you can say with assurance: 'God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;' Psalm 46:1-2. 


I remembered this hymn the other day which I think is uplifting at this time:

Behind unbelief; My saviour is near, and for my relief will surely appear:
by prayer let me wrestle, and He will perform; With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm. 

Though dark by my way, since He is my guide, 'tis mine to obey, 'tis His to provide;
though plans all be broken, and creatures all fail, the word He has spoken shall surely prevail. 

His love in time past forbids me to think He'll leave me at last in trouble to sink; 
each sweet Ebenezer I have in review confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through. 

Determined to save, He watched o'er my path, when Satan's blind slave I sported with death;
and can He have taught me to trust in His Name, and thus far have brought me to put me to shame?

Why should I complain Of want or distress, temptation of pain? He told me no less;
the heirs of salvation, I have from His word, through much tribulation must follow their Lord. 

Since all that I meet shall work for my good, the bitter is sweet, the medicine is food; 
though painful at present, 'twill cease before long; and then, O how pleasant song the conqueror's song! 

John Newton 1725-1807 - 744 in New Christian hymns. 

Warm regards in Christ,