Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Faith, Facts or Feelings

For Christians, everything we believe about God is based on what Scripture helps us understand. Faith in God is fueled by biblical truths about God.

Psalm 46 consists of a confession of faith followed by a response of trust: Psalm 46: 1-2. God is our refuge and strength...therefore we will not fear...

Should the world collapse under the weight of great catastrophes, God is a very present help in time of trouble. Right now we are witnessing "earth-shaking" calamities in politics, economics, and natural disasters. The questions is: will we live by faith or fear?

Twice we see the refrain: The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge Psalm 46: 7, 11.

The conditions of our world, with its problems of hunger, war, disease, and poverty are heartbreaking, but God is not oblivious to global suffering. see Psalm 46: 9

Be still and know that I am God (is the fact that requires our faith). I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10

Lord, we are easily shaped by what we see and hear. Remind us today of your great and precious promises: you are our refuge and strength; you are a very present help in time of trouble, and so we will not fear. Deepen our knowledge of you through your word. In Jesus' name, amen.