As we go through life we face all kinds of challenges. Some are smaller daily challenges – the car breaks down, a leaking pipe, or trouble with a work assignment. Others are life changing challenges, loss of a job, serious illness, death of a family member. Regardless of severity, whether short or long term effect, remember this: God is faithful and God is for you.

“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

(Remember that “Selah” is a signal to pause and reflect on what you just read.)

Think about a movie about battles in the Middle Ages. When trouble comes the townspeople run to the castle, the fortress for protection. It was the same in the time of the Psalms. Trouble coming? Go get inside the fortress walls.

Fortifications at old town Osijek, Croatia that were built up for protection against invading Ottomans

But deep in the fortifications is the throne room, the most protected space in the fortress. Aside from the elite guard and highest officials, only the family of the monarch were allowed there. Here there was the deepest safety and comfort.

It’s the same today for we followers of Jesus. We know that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father at the throne of grace. He is speaking on our behalf because he completely understands our struggles. He can empathize with us because of the Incarnation. As fully human, he experienced life as we do, was tempted as we are, was opposed as we sometimes feel.

Jesus gets it.

As fully God, He sent the Spirit. He resides in each of us. When we’re frustrated with family, our jobs, our friends, we are understood by God.

So when it’s tough, when you’re disappointed, frustrated, or afraid, run, don’t walk, to the throne of Grace.

God is faithful and God is for you.

Think about THAT!

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