My first tendency is to do just the opposite-defend myself or counter attack in some way-or run-like Daniel and I did that day on the jogging trail-but never simply BE STILL. KJV. It is Mine.”, Now-I don’t know about you, but when I am facing a crisis, RELAXING-being still-is the last thing I want to do. On one play, during the third game of the season, Deion even blitzed a run and stopped the running back behind the line of scrimmage. I thought that when I gave my life to the Lord that it would be better. All they had was dynamite and their bare hands. Exodus 14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Exodus 14:16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Yet, this is exactly what God tells us to do. Being a minister has allowed me to see this in the lives of people over and over again. Is God indifferent to our condition? In his book, The God You Are Looking For, Bill Hybels points out that we are relational beings. Well, what would YOU do if something like this happened? And “REFUGE” is a concept that the first readers of this... 2. When we look to our faith and depend upon the Lord, He’ll strengthen our mind. God allows time in the valley In the first four verses of Ps. There is a tension that happens when we are in the midst of change. And “REFUGE” is a concept that the first readers of this psalm would have certainly understood. You see it did not allow for ACCIDENTAL homicide. But, having never seen one, the Igorot foreman had assigned four men to each wheel barrow. Living in the middle of what was and the hope of what is yet to come is challenging. I mean-we can be “jogging” along the road of life, minding our own business when suddenly, without warning, the storm clouds of crisis come rolling in. They could not see themselves being delivered they could not see God working in their lives. He discovered that it only made sense to trust in God and he was right. But the rest of this psalm gives us clues how we can do just that. 3. Not even death is a threat for those of us who put our trust in Jesus. What we need to understand is that fear and faith cannot dwell in the same heart; if we trust God, there is no need to fear what life may throw at us because God’s got our back. We need not fear, we need to stand still and when we stand still we will see that God is still on the throne. 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? < Someone has received a memo saying their job has just been eliminated. The psalmist writes: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Christians-God may be calling you to respond as well: to commit yourself to trusting Him more….to follow His leading by joining this church. How do we over come fear so that we may see God working in our situation? When he heard this, Jehoshaphat led the people in a worship service and the next day he and his army went out to meet their enemy with the choir leading the way still singing God’s praises. < Middle-aged adults love to go out to dinner together. CHASE HER UNTIL SHE CAN’T RUN ANOTHER STEP. I’m not recommending that we start something like that today, but back then it was a definite deterrent to murder! Now it was the same game…same players. It was composed in response to a terrifying event in the life of Good King Jehoshaphat. Like the lady in the commercial that involved in an accident, who couldn’t afford to go to hospital so she gets out of the car in her broken condition and goes to work in the restaurant. In out scriptures the children of Israel have just been delivered from the strong, oppressive hand of Pharaoh. 5 – God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. God was in the winds that parted the Rea Sea and enable the children of Israel to walk in the midst of the sea on dry ground. In fact we should build our lives around regular times spent in the comforting refuge of God’s presence. In his book, GLIMPSES OF GOD, Scott Walker chronicles the story of the Herold family-a godly couple who had gone to the Philippines as teachers around the turn of the century. You know that place, between a rock and a hard place. Well, this inspired Jehoshaphat’s music minister to write the 46th Psalm. Look at verse 10 again. KJV. If God tells me how my current crisis will work out, I will relax too.” He usually doesn’t do that does He? Their fear distorted their view and they could not see God working in their situation. For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. We solve one problem and another comes along.… Well, Good King Jehoshaphat was understandably afraid. Well I wasn’t the only one who looked at this game as a battle between two arch rivals because the stands were packed with members from both churches that night. KJV, We may say, “Nobody really cares for me.” God Says “I care for you.”, 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. What poor memories they had! 1-3). What little we earn is go before we receive it. He then retrieved his horse, finished his shopping and started back. But He won’t force that on you. Trusting God in Times of Crisis It's not easy to "be still and know that I am God" in the middle of crisis. KJV, Fear has not only given their a distorted view of their situation but it also give them a distorted their memories. He wants you to experience the peace of His constant presence. When he rode up he almost fell off his horse with laughter…because there before him were the Igorot energetically and enthusiastically using the wheel barrows. All of us are familiar with these two words because when we were children our moms were constantly using them on us. Fear prevented them from seeing that they were in the place God had prepared for them. 4-7). While we are standing God is preparing us to walk in faith and not faint. He is very near to us in times of trouble. God is our source of power for facing any battle of life. During his pastorate of London’s largest church, three waves of bubonic plague swept through he city. Let’s read it together now and you’ll see this miraculous event reflected in its words: 1 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Well, in this Psalm, God challenges you and me to respond-not emotionally but cognitively-to respond on the basis of something we KNOW-in stead of something we FEEL. God has given us the spirit of love to love those who are misusing us and taking advantage of our adversity. Note the children of Israel distorted view of their situation and their past. What made it possible for me to “RELAX…to CEASE STRIVING” as I watched the game this time? In the time of Crisis he praise and worship the Lord. There is a tension that happens when we are in the midst of change. He won’t leave us alone. Have you been able to relax a little after looking at this Psalm? We have to learn to trust God with change.. Remember? Why did I respond differently? Now, if you’re like me you’re thinking-that is not fair! KJV, We may say, “I cannot figure things out.” God Says, “I shall direct thy paths.”, Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. In relating what these experiences were like, she referred to this psalm, saying, “in the first shock of death, everything that has seemed most dependable has given way. God has given the spirit of a sound mind so that we don’t lose our minds in the time of Crisis. He prayed. As I was studying this week, I thought of our experience that day because the terrifying truth is that many times life is like what we went through on the Needwood trail. You and I can still cease striving, even if you don’t know HOW something is going to turn out-because we CAN know WHO is going to work it out. Our omnipotent God is an “ever-present help.”. We have a choice of allowing fear to dominate our lives or to trust God and walk in faith. < Kids as young as three years old start asking their parents, "Can Johnny spend the night? God was there all the time. The second, Addison Leitch, was slowly consumed by cancer. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Now eventually, the chicks will have to crawl out and face the real world again but for a little while, there is nothing quite like the soft shelter of those wings-their mom’s feathers caressing their heads; her warmth stilling their shakes; her heart’s steady beating gradually calming their fears. God had demonstrated His power to deliver them from four hundred years of bondage and brought them out of Egypt the land of slavery and oppression. A couple of days later we had a fellowship at our house and all the youth came over to see the video of that game.
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