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// posted Monday, Nov 30, 2015 by Mervyn Eloff
“God is our strength and refuge, an ever present help in trouble…” Psalm 46:1 For many of us, the past year has been a particularly unsettling one. Of course we have had our fair share of joys and blessings and it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge this fact or to forget to give grateful thanks to God. We do thank God for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life, and especially for His immeasurable love shown in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory. And yet the events in our beautiful yet troubled country and the events on the world stage leave us unsettled. Power cuts, failure of basic services, civil and political unrest, crime, unemployment, financial uncertainty, terror perpetrated in the name of religion – the list goes on and wherever we turn it seems to us that the world is in turmoil with no apparent hope of a solution! In the graphic language of Psalm 46, we live in a world in which the very foundations are being overthrown – the earth giving way, the mountains falling into the sea, the waters roaring and foaming (Psalm 46:2-3). In such a world, a world full of trouble and turmoil, how are we as the people of God to stand firm, to sustain our faith, to live with hope?