This is the free Student devotional for Honest to God 6: If God is Good, Why is There Suffering?
Our Refuge & Strength
Watch a few minutes of the news and take notice of the disasters—natural or otherwise—detailed. Pause and remember who God is. Thank Him that He can provide strength and refuge in any situation.
What’s the most frightening natural disaster you’ve ever seen or heard about? Sketch or jot down a few words that describe what you saw or felt when you heard about the disaster.
“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.” —Psalm 46:1
It’s not uncommon to turn on the TV and see the latest natural disaster or human tragedy. But Scripture says God’s sovereign over it all. Read Psalm 46:1-3 in your Bible, paying attention to the words or phrases that point to His strength, protection, and stability in times of great distress.
When has God been your shelter, strength, protection, or stability?
What words would you have used to describe Him if you were writing this psalm? List a few, along with your reason for picking them.
When everything around you seems to be falling apart—in the world and your own personal life—you don’t have to be afraid. God is in control. In Him, you can find shelter, peace, strength, protection, and stability.
Fear of what’s going on in the world can sometimes overshadow our belief in a sovereign God. Think back over the last several years to some tragic things that have happened in the world (i.e. Boston bombings, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes, to name a few). How has God taught you to trust Him in the midst of these things?
What are some things that feel like disasters in your life right now—a breakup, your parents divorce, a huge disappointment? What steps will you take to trust God with your disaster this week?
Behind the Story
Psalm 46 is a “psalm of Zion.” Psalms of Zion focused on Jerusalem and celebrated God’s presence there. Such psalms invited the people to rest confidently in the Lord because they knew and enjoyed His protection over their lives. Psalm 46 calls the people to trust God’s ability to save even in the face of total destruction. How would such a message help
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