I just finished writing an email to a friend who has lost her job in the last week. In this season of uncertain times, the truth of God’s word and what He teaches us through it is where we, as believer, are called to look "on the road marked with suffering or when the sun is shining down on us." He is Sovereign and if it takes an economic hardship or relational instability to point us to His character and Grace than we must trust that in all things He will sanctify us and form us more into the image of His son.
I taught the 1-2nd graders this last week that God is our “Refuge” and we looked at Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” We unpacked what it means for “the name of the Lord” to be a strong tower. I drew a brick wall and then put the name YAHWEH at the top, the name I AM. We then listed the attributes of God that we knew and wrote them on the bricks. These 1-2nd graders were able to rattle off to me that God is incomprehensible, glorious, mighty, holy, just, eternal, self sufficient and a few others (I am amazed by God's grace in teaching these kids of 5-7 years old enormous truths about Himself that most 50 years olds are never able to put into words). The point of the illustration was to show that when we trust in the name of the Lord we are really trusting in His unchanging attributes- His goodness, love, mercy, grace and power. With that glorious truth we can run to his name (his presence) and know that we are in the safest, most protected place possible.