He’s a Present Help


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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1

Over the last few years of my life, I’ve been tremendously stretched in my faith in God. There are times when I wondered if He’s going to come through for me. I’ve prayed the prayers of “I’ve done all that I know to do…amen.” And then I wait.

I wait for God to keep His promises that are sprinkled throughout the entire Bible. I wait to see how He will reveal Himself through His word, through a song, through someone’s kindness, or through a dire situation that suddenly worked out.

He’s a present help that is different from a past or future help. He is a “right now in the moment God.” Our hearts can be comforted as He gives us refuge and strength through the Holy Spirit. We aren’t abandoned in our need for help, even though we can’t always understand the reasons why we must struggle.

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When we feel afraid, His present help gives us strength. When we feel doubt, His present help restores hope in our hearts. When we feel lost, His present help leads us in the right direction. When we feel hurt from other people, His present help comforts and heals our brokenness. When we feel condemnation, His present help brings restoration and grace.

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a refuge and strength beyond our natural abilities. Our God wants us to rest, trust, and hope in Him as our present help in times of need. While it may be difficult at times, we can set aside our doubts and fears to find Him at that present moment. Troubles will come in this lifetime, but we aren’t abandoned to deal with it by ourselves. We have a present help in the Lord.


Dear Lord, I need Your refuge and strength in my times of trouble. Help me to know You as my present help. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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