He’s a Very Present Help!

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I’m continually amazed by the lengths that God goes to protect His children! My wife and I were in a car accident a few days ago. The roads were slick from snow and ice and as I moved to the outside of our lane for a passing car, my truck lost traction and went off the road. I’m more than a bit ashamed to admit I wasn’t wearing my seat belt. As our truck went airborne I heard my wife say, “Father, have mercy!”

As our truck flew through the air, seemingly picking up speed as it went, we struck a telephone pole, a mailbox and finally a large tree stump which brought this terrifying experience to an abrupt stop. My wife’s prayer wasn’t a long one, but like I said during our church’s midweek Bible study, short prayers work just as good as long ones! Little did I know how quickly this truth would be put to the test.

Once the reality of our experience had a second to set in I looked over at my wife and made sure she was alright. She told me she felt fine to which I responded, “am I okay?” It’s hard to know up from down in a situation like that!

Psalm 46:1, KJV:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Despite immense damage to our vehicle, both my wife and myself walked away from the accident completely unharmed, thanking God for his faithfulness. Coming through an experience like this you can’t help but be reminded of the providential nature of our God and His active role in taking care of His own. The Lord isn’t far off and He truly is a very present help in time of trouble!

We’re all imperfect. This is a consequence of sin and evil existing in the world. If we’re not careful, sometimes we fall into the attitude that God’s performance is similar to ours. How far from the truth this thinking is. The reality is that God never changes—His character and attributes never increase or decrease and we can always count on His care and loving kindness because he loads us down with benefits each and every day.

2 Corinthians 4:7, KJV:
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

I find the most difficult and trying times of my life are when I realize the greatest benefit of all: If God be for us then no person or evil can prevail against us. I praise God for His grace and favor in my life, because I haven’t done a single thing to deserve it. Take time in this season to renew the spirit of thanksgiving in your own hearts for all He has done. Share His love with others and rest in the assurance that He is always present and looking out for His people.

Thank you all for your prayers. Be blessed!

– Ps. Ken

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Pastor Ken is the senior pastor of Spirit Life Church in Piqua, Ohio. Listen to his messages online at Spirit Life Church’s content page

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