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Spiritual Matters
Find strength in God's presence

November 13, 2013

Can we say it is official? Is highway repair season behind us? Are the orange barrels and signs put away?

Now we can look forward to the other Michigan season, winter! For the greater part, harvests have been gathered, garden plants removed, leaves fallen and raked, our homes and our yards prepared for the coming cold.

We have the wonderful privilege of heat for our homes when the blistering winds blow.

The walls of our homes protect us from the elements, but what other walls have we put up in our lives to protect us?

Maybe we have been hurt, physically or emotionally or in some other fashion, by someone in the past so we put up a wall to protect us from another attack. Maybe we pull away from contact with other people. Maybe, instead, we put up a good front and go on as if nothing has happened.

There are many ways we can build walls to protect us, to help us, but they will all fail.

Think of some of the strongest walls built and what has happened to them. If they are not repaired continually, if the smallest crack begins and is not repaired, it will spread and undermine the strength of the wall.

There is, however, a wall that will never fail. It never cracks, never needs repair or mending, is always solid and protects us from far more than the world or Satan could ever hope to throw at us in attack.

In Psalm 46, a Psalm of worship, we are reminded that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”

God’s wall, God’s protection, God’s presence will never fail us! He is there for us at all times. Does it matter what we face?

God is there. God is watching over us. God is our refuge, our impenetrable fortress against the attacks of evil. Even if the entire world, all of creation is destroyed (which it will be at the time of judgment) God will be there and protect His people.

But the Psalm gives us one more strong guidance. It says “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth!”

How important it is to take time daily to be with our Lord. Time in His Word and time in prayer helps focus us, guide us, in what God holds before us and how He is with us through the day.

Yes, we are all busy and the busier we are the more important it becomes to take time with Him. He is the One Who strengthens, guides and protects as He leads us to serve Him.

Rejoice in all His blessings. Rejoice in His protection. To God be the glory.

The Rev. Kendall Schaeffer is pastor of St. Trinity Lutheran Church.