It’s an interesting time to be living in Scotland, is it not?
This year, we will face one of the most momentous decisions in a generation; the independence referendum.
As September draws near, we will undoubtedly see an increase in the two campaigns’ energy and ‘persuasion’ tactics.
The passions will run high on both sides and many will be feeling the tension.
Now perhaps you have already switched off regards this debate, or you have too many things going on in your life to worry about it right now.
You have the normal worries and concerns that we all have in our individual lives – bills, illness, car breakdowns and the usual rigmarole of life keeping you busy.
It just seems the whole world is up in a whirlwind at the minute and there is nobody we can really rely on. (Not really the encouraging word you were looking for thus far, is it?)
Yet when we look at the Bible, we find that, over the course of the 4000-5000 years of history it covers, not much has changed.
There was always some form of chaos occurring, yet what is amazing about the Bible story is; it is possible to find peace in the midst of turmoil.
What is more, it is possible to find joy regardless of circumstances.
This is what one of the psalms tells us ‘God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.
Therefore, we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its waters roar and foam, and the mountains shake with its turmoil’ (Psalm 46v 1-3)
Isn’t that amazing? God’s word tells us we can find a permanent, unchanging and always present refuge and help, regardless of circumstances.
The One who made the whole universe, who is more reliable and stronger than the powers that reside in Edinburgh, London, Brussels or Washington, is offering to be our refuge.
Regardless if we continue in the UK or establish a new country, God will still be there and He will still be in control.
Regardless of the rapidly changing seasons of life, He is still there with the promise: “God will help, when the morning dawns.”
And we can be certain of this fact, because not only did He promise it, He also came down to live among us as somebody whose name we know –Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the cross and ultimately rise again from the dead, defeating death and offering a way back into God’s love as proof that, when He says something – He means it.
He did this to show that, when we call upon His name and trust Him, He will become our strength, our Helper and our Saviour.