God and Sexual Assault

Our Refuge And Strength

Where to go when you are depleted.

The past three years have left a lot of people depleted. Even those who had not endured significant trauma have “trauma“ from all going on in the world. Not to mention our news causes many of us to endure trauma just from the negativity it pours out. Then you add the “happy” social media posts which only shows the good of people’s life and it can leave you feeling pretty bad.

So what are we to do when we are depleted? Do we take time to replenish? What does it look like? Who is involved? Do we recognize our depletion can partially be spiritual warfare? Or maybe totally spiritual warfare?

When we are really struggling, do we ask God what is going on? Do we seek His strength and His help first?

As I was praying through this today, I came to Psalm 46. It talks about the fear of mountains on the earth giving away, which brings to my mind all of the destruction going on in our world today. The word talks about “climate change“ and the destruction of the earth, as we know it.

As Christians, we know this earth is not our home. When Jesus returns, there will be a new heaven and a new earth where we will be made completely whole and new if we know Jesus. We know Psalm 46 is truth, even when it doesn’t feel like it.

“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; though its waters roar, and be troubled, the mountain shake with it swelling.

There is a river who stream she’ll make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the most high. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of host is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.“ Psalm 46:1-3

No matter what is going on around us God is our refuge. The rest of the Psalm asks us to be still and know He is God and reminds us He is with us.

I encourage you today to do what I did, and turn to God’s truth and His word, and to Him. Ask Him why you feel depleted and bring to Him your worries and concerns and ask for His refuge and His strength. He will provide it. I can promise you.

© 2023 Susan M. Clabaugh with Encouragement in Daily Living LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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