Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2)
2020 has been incredible! Not long ago, COVID-19 was a distant problem. Now, it affects nearly every aspect of our lives. We’ve had to make many changes. Even as we begin to come together again, there’s a sense that life will never be the same.
Will the future bring a resurgence of COVID or more civil strife? We don’t know. If the past few months have taught us anything, it is that we don’t know what the future holds. Things that appear permanent and unchangeable are not. They can be quickly taken.
God tells us this in Psalm 46. The psalmist pictures the earth and its mountains as symbols of endurance. They don’t appear to move or change. The collapse of these durable objects depicts chaos and upheaval.
Yet, the psalmist also reminds us where we find refuge in troubling times. It isn’t in the things of this world or in creature comforts. It’s not in freedom or economic stability. All these may disappear in a moment.
But, God’s promises can’t be taken away. What Christ said on the cross remains true forever: “It is finished!” Our salvation is sure! Our sins are forgiven. Jesus has a place for us in heaven as the inheritance that cannot be taken away. The past few months haven’t changed that. God’s love and grace have not wavered. Though “the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” God’s promises of grace, mercy, and everlasting life remain true and last forever.
The coming months may well be challenging. We’ll all have to adjust to a “new normal.”
But “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” That remains true for now and forever.