An Encouragement from Pastor Mike: God Our Rock in Unsettled Times

Life has changed and is changing: from schools going to distance learning, to appointments and meetings online, to keeping our distance from others, to planning only necessary outings, to working from home, to homeschooling our kids, to joining live-streaming church services. It’s all so different, some very unsettling. Then there’s all the mystery around the coronavirus, COVID-19. Will we get it? Will someone we know or love get it? How will we cope? All this makes us feel like we are on shaky and unsettled ground.

Some of you have been on a boat where you experienced rough seas. It messes with your equilibrium even to the point where your stomach can be unsettled. All you want is to set your feet on solid ground.

God can be that solid rock for us in these unsettled times. God was that foundational rock for King David of the Bible when his life was shaken as his father-in-law choose to hunt David down. In the midst of this crisis David wrote Psalm 18 as God spared him from one of Saul’s pursuits.

Psalms 18:1-3 I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

David could have blamed God, focused on the hardship of being hunted, complained at the upheaval of life in crisis, yet David chose to focus on God and who God is.

God is a source of strength when we trust in His power Job 26:7-14

God is a source of security when we place ourselves under His leadership Proverbs 3:5-8

God is source of salvation when we place our faith in Jesus Christ Acts 16:25-34

God is source of sanctuary when come to Jesus and chose to live life His way Matthew 11:28-30

Yes, our God is amazing, life-giving even in the midst of crisis! Let’s trust in the solid rock of His love, grace, mercy and protection. Believe He is with you and lean into Him for refuge. It will make a difference.