God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
It is such a beautiful thing that God is ever-present to us. Thus, we never have to live in fear, even if the earth gives way or the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Regardless of what happens to us, around us, or even within us, God is always right there. He is with us in ways we cannot even imagine. How incredibly comforting that is! I can't imagine any other way that we could possibly be still and know he is God apart from that wonderful truth.
Our problem, however, does not come with God being ever-present to us, but with us being ever-present to him. That is our challenge. For if he is present to us, but we are not present to him, what good does that really do? How can that give us any sense of peace, or comfort, or even help? Don't get me wrong, God is not dependent on us in any way, shape, or form, in order to move and to act, but he wants more for us than that. For if we are not aware of him moving and acting, then we have missed a great gift. In fact, we are still at the mercy of our surroundings, or emotions, our moods, and our circumstances. If, however, we are ever-present to him, as he is ever-present to us, that changes everything.
In order for us to live life the way He intended it to be lived, we must learn how to be ever-present to God. And maybe the words of this ancient prayer offer us just the help we need. "God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble." If we plant these twelve words in our hearts, and repeat them over and over again with our mouths and in our minds (the scriptures call this meditation), they can function as a sweet companion throughout the day, helping us to be constantly connected and aware of the God we so often forget. Give it a try today and tell me how it goes.
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