My help in time of trouble

If you are anything like me, you need help!

You’ve got circumstances, situations, and issues going on in your life that you don’t know how to handle. It may be financial issues, health problems, or a family situation. Whatever it is, you realize you don’t have the power to successfully deal with it. And if you don’t watch out, that sense of being helpless to change your situation will begin to get you down.

For those of us who ever find ourselves in that kind of situation, the Bible has some great words of encouragement:

BiblePsalm 46:1-3 (NKJV) God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.

God’s promise to be my refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble, means that no matter how dire my situation might seem to be, I’m never really helpless. God has my back – and my front, too, for that matter!

Nothing can really threaten me: not earthquakes, nor floods, nor financial upheaval. I have a refuge that cannot be overthrown, and a strength that can withstand any assault.

So, instead of panic or despair, I can have confidence, even when my world seems to have been turned upside down. I can run to my refuge and know that I am safe, and that the Lord of the universe has promised to be my help in my time of trouble.

Ron Franklin


About RonElFran

Ron Franklin is a graduate of Denver Seminary in Colorado, and is the now retired founding pastor of a church in Harrisburg, PA. A former engineer and manager for high-tech companies such as IBM, Ron has written extensively on matters relating to the Christian faith, modern technology, the Civil War, and African American history. You can see a selection of his articles at .
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