Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Psalms 62:5-8)
Following God is never an easy ride. In fact, ironic as it may seem, often the more we do what God wants for our lives, the harder our lives might be. We may be picked on. We may not get everything we pray for. We might find ourselves doing things that we never thought we’d do, such as inviting a unpopular classmate to church, standing up for a friend bullied at school, or even giving money we were hoping to spend at the mall to a missions project.
But the words of the psalmist today are meant to give us hope when we are in these unexpected and difficult spaces of life. God can be trusted. God longs to hear our thoughts. God’s word and spending time with faith-filled friends can be refuge for us during our most desperate moments. We can find strength for each new challenge in our lives by simply calling upon the Lord.
God, you are the rock in my life that I know can be trusted. Remind me that even in my most frightening moments, I am never alone. You are always with me. Amen.