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earthquakes dont move GodOver the past few weeks I have been paying attention to one scripture, Psalm 46:10 for peace. But this morning I realized that there is so much more strength in this scripture when taken in context. Allow me to demonstrate.

There have been three dozen minor earthquakes since October in Irving Texas. These earthquakes have shaken the place where I work and many other places in the area. It is unsettling to have earthquakes where there have been none in recent history. People are upset and demanding answers to the cause of the quakes. As usual people want an answer quickly as to whether there is someone to blame for these quakes and if they will stop soon or get worse. Seismographs and measuring instruments have been placed in the area to monitor the quakes and find exactly where they originate, hoping down the road to find a reason for the sudden tectonic episodes.

Some people are fearful of the future in the area and others are mad wanting to blame fracking or the implosion of the Cowboy’s former stadium a few years back. It seems that being able to blame someone for our discomfort makes people somehow feel like they are doing something about an event they cannot control.

When things are out of control I tend to look toward God for an answer.

Psalm 46:1-3

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;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

The psalm answers the question, “Who is God?” He is a place of safety, protection and security. So even if we do not know what caused the earth to begin to shift where it had not moved for years we can keep our peace if we have faith in God. We should be able to trust that God holds us in His hand.

Psalm 46:4-6

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

Seeking shelter in the presence of God will refocus our concerns onto the only one who created the earth and can control what happens in it. The sanctuary of the most high God is the place where we trust and praise God for who He is.  Earthquakes, terror attacks, political woes, illnesses and any other distresses you may have in your life can be presented to the One who created us and we can trust that He will take care of us in the midst of it.

Psalm 46:7

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

If we focus on God , remember what he has done and Who He is we will have peace.

Psalm 46:8-11

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 31:14-15a

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your hand;

Enjoy your week trusting in the God who protects and shelters us from the turmoil of the world. I will be back next week with more.


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