God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
He is always there to help us in times of trouble.
2 The earth may fall apart.
The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea.
But we will not be afraid.
3 The waters of the sea may roar and foam.
The mountains may shake when the waters rise.
But we will not be afraid.
Psalm 46:1-3 (New International Reader’s Version)
We’re coming to the end of 2017. Times Square is preparing for the annual dropping of the ball with increased security. We’re seeing lists of “The ________ of 2017”, “People we said ‘goodbye’ to in 2017”, etc. It feels like it was just yesterday we said “goodbye” to 2016 and prepared for this year. Now we’re preparing for 2018.
We had quite a year in 2017. Starting with “45’s” inauguration into the White House…Our pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords…North Korea’s nuclear jockeying…mass shootings…race riots in Charlottesville, Virginia…government malfeasance occuring all over the planet…terrorist attacks here in New York City…and now sexual harassment charges against men (and women) in positions of power. A year like this would make any New Year’s Eve reveler curl up in a corner and knock off a bottle of champagne alone.
Now we wonder what’s in store for 2018. Will war loom on the horizon between the US and North Korea (or China…or Iran)? Will the high-riding stock market come to a crash? Will we have another terrorist attack in New York City (or some other major city)? Will Trump enact a policy that will wreck out national stability? Will we have another Charlottesville in America? And these are our collective concerns; I haven’t touched on the individual ones.
However, we can look to tonight’s Scripture for empowerment as we segue from 2017 to 2018. The above psalm was written as a response to David’s victories in battle (thanx to the Almighty). He reminds us that God is a place of safety, of refuge. Now I’m not talking about these “safe spaces” we saw on college campuses where “offended” and “upset”
overgrown babies students would find Play-Doh and Kipper videos to make them feel “safe”. No, God is a refuge where we find strength for the power to respond to the changing year-no matter what befalls us (verses 2 and 3).
Even despite the worst that was thrown at us in 2017, God still kept us and gave us the strength to respond. Even if the response was living, God still gave us that strength. Plus, the fact that you’re reading this is a testimony that God kept you safe. And God will be that refuge where we will find strength for the journey in 2018.
God is also stable despite the changing times. God’s not fickle like us. God’s not letting what happened this past year or what will happen next year to affect Him/Her. The psalmist assures us of Divine stability…more than anything else we tend to rely on here on Earth. We have this assurance no matter what.
As we usher in 2018, let us do so knowing that God is there; Divine stability amid a changing year. We have nothing to fear-no matter what. God will be our place of safety where He/She will empower us to respond to whatever should come our way.
Peace and Love for 2018!
(Image: Unnamed building in Midtown Manhattan along the High Line. October 28, 2017).