Scripture Reading: Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear... Psalm 46:1-2

"At one time," said Martin Luther, "I was sorely vexed and tried by my own sinfulness, by the wickedness of the world, and by the dangers which beset the church. One morning I saw my wife dressed in mourning. Surprised, I asked her who had died. She replied: 'Don't you know?...God in heaven is dead.'...I said to her: 'How can you talk such nonsense, Katie? How can God die? He is immortal, and will live through all eternity.'...'Is that really true?' she asked. 'Of course,' I said, still not perceiving what she was aiming at, 'How can you doubt it? As sure as there is a God in heaven, so sure is it that He can never die.' 'And yet,' she said, 'Though you do not doubt that, you are still so hopeless and discouraged?'...Then I observed what a wise woman my wife was, and mastered my sadness."

It is ludicrous to presume that God is dead, and yet from a practical point of view, have not all of us at times acted as if He were? His ear is ever open to the cry of His child, and He is fully able to meet our every need. Nothing goes by Him unnoticed, nothing is out of His control. He who guides the immense universe in its hurried flight through space, also marks the sparrow's fall and decrees even the exact instant when a minute hair shall fall from our head. Nothing is left to chance, all is conceived in His providence. If God then be for us, "who can be against us?" "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him" (Ps. 103:13). He loves; He cares; He controls. God is not dead; stop acting as if He were! (H.G.B.)

Oh God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guide while life shall last

And our eternal home.

— I. Watts

"To look around is to be distressed. To look within is to be depressed. To look up is to be blessed." — R. BECKER

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