I just happened to hear one of the Eagles well known songs the other day. You probably know it very well. The memorable lyrics are: “I’ve got a peaceful easy feeling.” Does that describe you today? Just the opposite is true for many. There are those who are experiencing uneasy feelings due to the pandemic. Changes in our daily routine causes an uneasiness that makes it challenging to make adjustments. And, of course, there is unrest in many of our cities that leaves us unsettled and praying for God's guidance and strength. Peace seems elusive right now.
I was reading Psalm 46 again this week. It begins:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
That verse alone offers the comforting words we all need to hear right now. Many of us know this great Bible verse, but do you realize the two verses that follow it give us reason to find our strength in the Almighty?
“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
And the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam
And the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:2-3)
The psalmist is reminding us that no matter what happens in a given day, including disasters and upheaval of any kind, that we should not fear, because God is ever-present. His comforting presence is our refuge and strength in all circumstances.
Twice in this psalm we read: “The Lord Almighty is with us.” He is indeed ever-present. He has not abandoned his children. And, perhaps the most comforting reminder of all, when we have these uneasy feelings crop up from time to time, is found in Psalm 46:10.
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
It’s time we all focused more on our faith, turn off the distractions, and observe a quiet and still submission that acknowledges God is still in control and very much present, even in this turbulent time. Repentance, submission and trust are required if we are ever going to truly experience his strength and presence. For sure, God is not the author of uneasy feelings. His desire is that we be people of faith not fear.
So today, if uneasy feelings have gotten a grip on your soul, take some time to refocus. God IS our refuge and strength. So, be still and KNOW that HE IS GOD! When we yield to Him, a lasting peace – not just a feeling – begins to settle into our lives and a confident faith emerges. The Lord Almighty is with us. Let’s never forget that!