God is still on the throne
Week beginning: 15th October, 2017 | By Alan Taylor | Torquay
"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, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
Over the past few weeks we have heard of several enormous storms which have affected the Caribbean areas, causing untold physical destruction and loss. As lawyers in England we seldom have to deal with the aftermath of these events but we do often have to deal with people whose lifestyles and livelihoods are just as badly affected; people who have "lost everything" or whose lives have been changed beyond measure due to totally unexpected events. Do we try to imagine what it must it be like to experience such devastating changes?
The Psalmist takes shelter in his belief that God is ever present, a refuge and strong enough to uphold us come what may. If you have recently experienced such a blow or if you have a client who has, we know that we cannot turn the clock back. We have to go forward in faith, knowing that God is in control of our lives and trusting that he knows best. Can people see this in our personal and professional lives?
Jesus faced the ultimate change in circumstances on the cross, committing his spirit into his Father's hands (Luke 23:46). In the final analysis this is all a believer can do, but in the meantime we can show by our lives where we stand. "Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." (Ephesians 6:13)
1. Give praise to our loving heavenly Father, for who He is and that whatever the situation He remains sovereign.
2. Pray for those known to you who are going through troubled times: clients, colleagues and friends. Ask that in the midst they may discover the peace that only comes from making Christ Jesus the Lord of their life.