Finding Comfort in God's Shelter and Strength

Finding Comfort in God's Shelter and Strength


Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But in Psalm 46:1, we find a reassuring truth: “God is our shelter and our strength.” This verse offers a powerful reminder of God’s presence in our lives, especially during times of trouble and uncertainty. In a world that can often seem chaotic and unpredictable, God stands as our unchanging anchor, providing us with a safe haven in the midst of life’s storms.

The psalm continues, “When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help.” God is not a distant deity who watches from afar. He is intimately near, closer than we can imagine. His readiness to help is a testament to His loving and caring nature. No matter how dire our circumstances may appear, He is right there with us.

The verse also reminds us that God is always ready to help, regardless of the situation. Whether it’s a small concern or a seemingly insurmountable challenge, He’s fully equipped to assist us. He doesn’t shy away from our troubles or difficulties; instead, He embraces them as opportunities to extend His grace and comfort VERY near in times of trouble..

We can rest in this assurance, even when the world seems to spin out of control, we can stand sure and fearless. When the mountains crumble and the waters rage, we remain unshaken.

As a mother, I’ve seen my own children resist help. Just like my teenagers, I sometimes proclaim, “I’ve got this!” Last weekend, I was frazzled and determined to handle everything on my own. But as the day unfolded, what was supposed to be a joyful experience turned into a burden that sapped my joy and depleted my energy. In those moments, I realized that I was just like my own child, reluctant to accept the help that was readily available.

Take comfort that God is nearer than we can fathom. As we embrace this truth, we find the assurance to face life’s uncertainties with joy and confidence, knowing that we have a refuge in Him.


How does the idea of God as our shelter and strength bring you comfort in the midst of life’s challenges? Can you share a personal experience when you leaned on His refuge and found strength in difficult times?

The devotion mentions the importance of humility in accepting help, even from God. Are there areas of your life where you tend to resist seeking or accepting assistance? How can you cultivate a greater sense of humility and reliance on God’s shelter and strength in those areas?