We are told to dial 911 in case of an emergency. When we dial that number we get an operator who asks some general question to get an idea of the type of help that should be sent to us: is there a fire in our house; did we get robbed; did someone get a heart attack and so on. If it is a situation where the caller is unable to give their location the operator can tell the caller’s location by tracking the call using GPS. In any case we call 911 to get help.
There are Christians who are going through severe situations: their marriages are falling apart, their children are addicted to drugs and battling suicidal thoughts, they lost their jobs, they have found out too late that they have cancer and it is now terminal. They are going through crises in their lives and they are calling family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers; but they are not calling on God.
Scripture lets us know that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1 KJV).
Another word for refuge is shelter, as in a shelter from a storm. Have you ever been caught in a violent storm and you realized that you needed to change your location because where you was was too dangerous to stay in? I remember years ago, while living in the Caribbean, we were warned of a dangerous storm approaching. The magnitude of this storm made us aware that we have to leave home and go to a more secure structure. Indeed where we moved to was more secure because it was not damaged, but the house that we lived in had some damaged. We were grateful for the shelter that we stayed in which happened to be a church.
God is not only our shelter in time of trouble, but He is also our strength. He can rejuvenate our depleted strength – while giving us His strength. The Apostle Paul found in that when he was weak that Christ’s strength was made perfect in him (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10).
God is a very present help in time of trouble. One commentator declared that “God is an abundant source of help in our time of trouble.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is a ready source of help in our time of trouble?
Not only is God willing to help us - some people in our lives are willing to help us, but they are not able but God is able! God is both willing and able to help us.