Summary: How to deal with life when bad things happen
God is Our Refuge and Strength Against the Elements of Nature Itself.
A. Every day we hear of floods, droughts, volcanos, earthquakes, etc.
1. Thousands are killed by these disasters.
2. Many times there is little or no warning. Man can do nothing, not even hide!
3. Many ask, "Where is God in all of this?"
B. God is in control of the elements of nature.
1. He dried up a path through the Red Sea and Israel walked on dry ground.
He drowned an entire Egyptian army in the exact spot!
2. Jesus calmed a sea that threatened His disciples.
3. Mountains shook and rocks split at His death!
What can we say about the threat of nature when all our efforts fail us?"
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;"
Some may depend on their bank accounts, their jobs, their families, their relationships. But our God is a far better refuge than any of those. It is not that relationship we’ve invested so much time in that is our refuge and strength. It is not a job or a house that is our ever present help in time of trouble. It is not the economy that gives us our strength. It is not the age, appearance, condition or health of our bodies which provides us help. It is God Who provides us with a place to run, a place to hide. Deuteronomy 33:27 contains this awesome, encouraging truth: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
The reality of disasters
There are times when everything in the world gets turned upside down verse two says, there are times the earth is moved.. Sometimes the waters roar and the mountains shake (v.3). It seems as everything is against us and out to destroy us.
No one is exempt from these realities! Whether it is a national tragedy that involves millions or a lone person sobbing in a hospital waiting room after learning their loved one has died in the night, tragedy in life is a reality.
Matthew 5:45 says that God sends rain on the just and the unjust.
We live in a fallen world
Our Response to Bad Things
We cannot control the things that happen to us, but we can control how we respond to those things
he truth is that God often uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It was the broken Jesus who gave us life. And it is broken families, cities, and nations who will rally and become stronger. Just like a broken bone is stronger after it heals. God promises, as we heard in our reading, that He will make all things work out for the good of those who love Him. Don’t forget that when you find yourself in the midst of a calamity. First, be sure that you are one of those who has put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. That relationship is our sure foundation when the earth is shaken.
When the earth moves we can stand firm. Charles Wesley wrote in a hymn: