A Wonderful Word for Wednesday ~ Feeling Abandoned

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On Wednesdays, the My Faith and Fitness Blog will feature a passage of scripture and questions to encourage us to reflect on how we can each live a life that pleases God and allows us to fulfill the plans that God has prepared for us.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.  He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.  10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. ~ Psalm 46:1-11 (KJV)

List the occasions where you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, God was with you in your times of trouble.  Did you realize at the time that God was with you or did hindsight reveal God’s presence?

In what ways does God reveal God’s presence with us when we feel abandoned?

How can we make sure that we believe that God is present with us despite indicators to the contrary?

Why is it difficult for us to “be still” when we are in trouble?

What can we say to ourselves and others to stay encouraged during dark times?

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