In unsettling times, there is a settled confidence in God. In Psalm 46:1-11, we learn how God provides, protects and gives us peace through times of uncertainty, disruption and turbulence. At Westheights Church we are experiencing a time of change and uncertainty, but we have confidence in God’s character and we take comfort in His provision during this season of our church’s life.
Message by Bill Johnston – October 22, 2017
IN UNSETTLING TIMES THERE IS A SETTLED CONFIDENCE IN GOD
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God…
1. GOD IS OUR PROVISION
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
We need a settled confidence in God when we are facing times of uncertainty.
THE OUTCOME: COMFORT
We need a settled confidence in God when it seems like everything is falling apart.
2. GOD IS OUR PROTECTION
Psalm 46:4-7 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
We discover a settled confidence in God when we realize God is greater than the things that disturb us.
Settled confidence has everything to do with the presence of God within us.
THE OUTCOME: CONFIDENCE
3. GOD IS OUR PEACE
Psalm 46:8-11 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
We discover a settled confidence in God when we stop fretting about our circumstances and start trusting God.
“Peace doesn’t come from finding a lake with no storms. It comes from having Jesus in the boat.” John Ortberg
THE OUTCOME: CALM
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