Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
Living in such a wonderful country as Australia, I am constantly reminded of the might and presence of our Creator God. As I drove out of town recently I was once again drawn to the majestic mountain range in the distance – its beauty and steadfast presence brought these verses to mind: “We will not fear … though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
My imagination began to run wild. What if something as sure and steadfast as a mountain did uproot and was suddenly hurled into the Pacific Ocean? A mountain dropped in the sea would cause an alarm greater than its splash. Fear would be the most natural result.
If that were to happen, what would we do? Scripture says, “We will not fear.” If we will not fear, even if the most terrifying natural disaster were to occur, then will we fear in financial uncertainty, political upheaval, an unknown future, or a scary diagnosis?
“We will not fear” is not some mantra to be recited continuously until we convince ourselves to do what we say. It is the response of faith in the character of our steadfast God – a God more steadfast than the greatest mountains and more present than our overwhelming troubles. We will not fear, because “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”