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  • Writer's pictureHenry Omotayo

A Very Present Help

Psalm 46:1-3

Message No. 0529 | Twitter @GodandUs |

Political leaders tell us that the most important mandate they have is the security and protection of the citizens of their countries. Well, that may be true, but what we see is often different. Politicians have been seen in many countries to only work for their own goods, most times, at the detriment of the electorate. Though they promise safety for everyone, the reality is that every citizen is often perceived as a statistic and leaders seldom worry except when something affects the big guys in societies. Compare that to what Jesus told His disciples in Luke 12:7:

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Our God is the only Leader who we can, unequivocally, say that He has our safety as His priority. He does not take His eyes off us, nor does He take His mind away from us. Just as He is able to number the sands of the seashores, He knows the number of hairs on our heads; even we, don’t know how many hairs we have!

In Matthew 14:22-33, the Bible says Jesus was walking toward His disciples on water, at night. The disciples were, obviously, afraid, but Peter asked if he could walk toward Jesus on water also. As he started walking, Peter took his eyes off his Master and started paying attention to the wind instead (a very common nature of human beings). He started to sink and cried out to Jesus for help. Now, we do not know the distance between Peter and Jesus at this point, but we can assume that it wasn’t close enough for Jesus to grab and pull Peter to safety, but that was what He did. In verse 31, the Bible says that Jesus immediately stretched out His hand and caught him. This ever-present nature of our Savior is one that can never be mimicked by anyone else.

In Psalm 46 verse 1, the Bible says:

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Now, I believe that the Words of the Bible are carefully chosen, so, it’s not by accident that the word ‘Very’ is used, in order to emphasize the kind of presence that our God delivers. God is not present sometimes or at some point, or occasionally. He is very present.

As God’s children, we may sometimes feel that He is absent in some of the challenges we face, and some occasionally ask, where is God. We must however never believe that we have a God who is on vacation. Though we do not feel His presence, it does not conclude that He isn’t with us. In fact, some of the things we believe have no remedy because God didn’t intervene, are actually in the works and we only see those things in the past because we cannot decode what is present and what is past to our God. Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, concluded that their brother was dead because Jesus delayed to come. In other words, Jesus was partly responsible for his death. Even when Jesus commanded to roll of the stone from his tomb, they reminded Him that the guy had been dead for four days, another way of saying that he belonged to the past already. Jesus proved His ever-presence by raising Lazarus from past to present.

As we walk with our God on daily basis, we must constantly remind ourselves that He never sleeps, and He never slumbers. We do not need to book appointments to see Him. We need to develop the attitude of talking to Him often and not waiting till a particular prayer time before we communicate with Him. After all, if we have a friend that is always with us, we do not have rules regulating when we speak to each other. God is ever present. If we can learn to walk with Him with this consciousness, we can begin to experience gradual transformation of our lives out of an arm’s length status into the intimacy that we will cherish as long as we live.

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