I think we can all agree that life is full of challenges and often times those challenges test the essence of our heart. We don’t have to go it alone though, because as Pslam 46:1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” According to this psalm God is our refuge which is typically illustrated as something we run to for protection. We don’t slowly half-heartedly walk to our refuge no , we run at full speed as if our very lives depend on it, which indeed they do. If we are to make God our refuge in time of need we must then persue him with all our heart, all we have within us.
Psalm 46:1 also declares God to be our strength, not our free will, determination, or anything that we find within ourselves, but in God alone do we find true strength. Do we allow ourselves to admit that alone we are weak? That all the hard work in the world can be meaningless without the strength of God. If a man is hungry and needs to eat for strength he must bring the food close enough to eat. Staring at the food from across the room does him no good, he needs it to be closer to him. In the same way we cannot expect to gain from our relationship with God if we keep him at an arms length, we need to be close to him , to have him within us. A lukewarm relationship, with God always off in the distance doesn’t allow for the kind of amazing strength that only God can give, the kind that he wants to give. Do you keep God at an arms length or close enough to touch?