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Psalm 46:2

Therefore we will not be afraid
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To be human is to wrestle with our perception of an unfair suffering wherein we repeatedly ask, “Why?”. We ply our prayers with those three letters as tears stream and fists curl.

Some of the deepest sufferings known to humanity are pocked with those three letters as we desperately seek an answer to justify the jagged edges of our grief made manifest in guttural cries.

We aren’t alone in this.

Through the pages of Scripture, even the greatest heroes of the faith have wrestled with significant pain. Death of a beloved child (2 Samuel 12:16-17), infertility (1 Samuel 1:1-8), financial ruin (Job 1:12-17), and loss of health (Job 2:3-8), but all these common-to-humanity tragedies are far surpassed when the Father God gave His Son as a sacrifice on a cruel cross as payment for the sin of all of us. In one fell swoop, the Almighty suffered what He never wanted us to pass through: death apart from Him.

But Jesus did.

He suffered death, bearing the weight of every sin committed by every person from Hitler to Mother Teresa, to the human trafficker, to your pastor, to me, and you.
And He did it while being cut off from every good, kind aspect of Father God.
My God, My God! Why have you abandoned Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Every drop of God’s love was removed so only wrath remained and this was poured out on the sinless Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

To pay for your sin and buy you back from the kingdom of sin and death that you might be transferred to the Kingdom of the Beloved Son, for that Beloved Son rose again, forever conquering death and the grave. (Colossians 1:13-14)

No more would sin win.
No more would death have the last word.
No more would tragedy of any kind be devoid of the Father’s goodness and love.
(1 Corinthians 15:23-28)

This abundance would be available to all people, of all nations, of all cities, villages, mansions, mud huts, or flats. (Revelation 5:9) The doorway to freedom, bought by the blood of Jesus, is repentance from sin that forgiveness may be applied to the whole of a sinner’s life, moving them from rebel to son or daughter. (Luke 24:46-47)

While this incredible truth doesn’t answer the why behind your tragedy, it does answer why we have hope. It’s why the sons of Korah could belt out their praise, “Therefore, we will not be afraid.”

Because of who God is,
and all He has done and promises He will yet do,
Therefore, we will not be afraid.”

The song of love that makes sons and daughters of God fearless in the face of devastating disaster (1 John 4:18) is woven from generation to generation from Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:15) to Korah’s sons (Numbers 26:11), to Joseph reuniting with his father (Genesis 45:28), to Hannah’s baby boy (1 Samuel 1:27-28), to the exiles set free (Ezra 1:3-4), to prisoner Paul who sings of a freedom those who would take his life knew nothing about (Romans 8:36-39)

Korah’s sons, whose literal songs told a tale of radical redemption, had tasted and seen, with confidence, of the love of God. This was the same love and the same God who would not even spare His own Son in order to bring us Home to Him centuries later. (Romans 8:32) The same God who is right now, at the moment your eyes read this, interceding for you and working every tragedy for your good if you have set your love upon Him and repented of your sin. (Romans 8:28, 1 John 2:1)

Are you singing this freedom today?
Your tragedy is real.
Your pain cuts deeply.
But your God is for you.
(Romans 8:31)

Sing with Korah’s Sons,
Therefore, we will not be afraid!”

Today's Pause Challenge

1)Choose one of these options to share the Hope and Stronghold of Jesus with others around you!

a) Write an encouraging note to someone you know is going through a season of suffering.

b) Consider simple ways you can demonstrate a life of holiness in the routine, lived intentionally for God’s glory.

c) Prayer walking is a simple way to begin shifting the eyes of your heart to truly see others. Walk around your neighborhood, some city streets, the aisles of your grocery store, or intentionally sit at a local coffee shop and pray, pray, pray. Pray for the people around you, pray for hearts to turn towards Jesus, pray for your own heart to be ready to share the full gospel if given the chance. Don’t worry about seeing results, that’s God’s job!            

d) Strike up a conversation with someone you know is going through the deep waters. Ask them questions about their season of life and their relationship with Jesus. Listen for cues of hurt and doubt and fear. Ask if you can pray with them right there.

 

2) Share the exciting, bold ways you are growing deep today with the rest of the GT Community! Our Facebook community page is always open! Or snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @gracefully_truthful

3) Keep working on memorizing Psalm 46:1-3

Close by reading Psalm 46
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 water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
Selah

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
God is within her; she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.
Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.
The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.
10 “Stop fighting, and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
11 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

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Pause VII, Day 3

Korah.
A man who would be known for the rest of time itself as the man who dared speak against God and loathe his distinct call and purpose in life from the Almighty.

So how in the world could the Lord, the God of all justice, allow His very Words to be sung on the lips of those associated by bloodlines to the man who, in essence, spit in God’s face?

With tears, friends, one word, “GRACE”.

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