Hey guys! Over the next few weeks we will be diving into the different attributes of God, written by your Youth leaders both past and present 😊 Today we are starting with ‘God is Steadfast’ Part 1.
Several months ago I wrote a devotional based on this passage, but it is just so good – here is another! Even though right now we can’t be together in person, I want you to know that we think of you and pray for each of you! How I long for things to be “back to the way they were”, but I am trusting that God has a plan in all of this, and I want to be a part of that! I hope this devotional can encourage you and that you would feel the peace of God all around you as you trust in Him!
Before Reading the Passage
Definition of Steadfast: firmly fixed, supported, balanced, not shaking or moving, unwavering. Think of a rock.
This passage is one that I turn to often, it displays the heart of God towards us, His children well. It opens by saying,
“God is an ever-present help in trouble, therefore we do not fear, though the earth give way”.
That’s a big deal! Think about the earth giving way! Thankfully, God is always present. We can take this verse and apply it to our own lives by saying, “God is an ever-present help in my troubles, therefore I don’t have to fear, though _____________________ (fill in the blank with whatever situation you are facing).
God never leaves us, even when it becomes so hard, that those close to us leave us. God stays beside the whole time. What a sweet assurance. We never have to wonder if He is there or not, He is, even when we don’t notice. The truth of God’s Steadfastness is like an anchor for our soul, He doesn’t change, He doesn’t and cannot lie, He is true to His word, He is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
God has used this passage in my own life as a promise to keep me safe. A few years ago, I was traveling to Mexico to work in a Day Care. For some reason I was really nervous that something bad would happen while I was there or flying there, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. About a month before the trip, I was reading the Bible and felt God lead me to read Psalm 46 and verse 5 really stood out to me. It says,
“God is within her, she will not fall; God will be her help at break of day.”
This verse gave me so much comfort, God is steadfast, He is within me and He will watch over me. Every time I got nervous, I would recite this verse (I memorized it, so it would be easy to remind myself!), and my nerves left me. I was totally safe on the trip, and I felt God very close to me.
Let God speak personally to you through this passage!
Read Psalm 46
Prayer and Reflection
- Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God”, set a timer or check the time on the clock and “Be still” (quiet, relaxed, etc.) for 2 minutes. Really focus on relaxing the muscles in your whole body, neck, shoulders, hands, face, until you feel completely relaxed.
- Ask God if there is a verse in this chapter (Psalm 46) that He wants to apply to you, just like verse 5 did for me. Maybe He wants to encourage you, give you a promise, or remind you of something. Write it down!
- Spend a few minutes thanking God for His steadfastness. Thank Him for His Word and what He has shown you today. Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for today and write them down!