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Help our unbelief

Some stand on the cliff-edge today - fearing the doom that awaits with just one misstep. The darkness of the vast expanse below brings swells of fear and apprehension. They might even feel a little 'hemmed in' because there appears to be no way to turn back safely. It seems like the footing once secure and rock solid is slipping away, small pieces cascading over that cliff-edge, never to be seen again.

Some find the winds and waves of present circumstances rocking them to and fro, unable to sail a straight course because there is nothing but opposition in your sails. The harder they attempt to choose the correct course, the more the swells seem to pitch them this direction and that, until they are so unsteady and fearing the capsizing of all that they have come to know as their place of protection.

Others feel the ground beneath them trembling, rumblings coming from deep within spaces they have never seen. The ground beneath seems to open up, separating them from what they once knew as 'solid relationships' - huge rents coming between those they have once found such joyful experiences with. There seems to be no warning - just tiny rumblings, leading to much greater rumblings, shaking them to the core until what was once solid is now left in ruins.

Before the rush and roar of the oceans - God stands firm and steady. Beyond the cliff-edge darkness - God's light shines bright. Behind that renting relationship - God stands strong and mighty. The supernatural power of God's presence can bring the dead to life, the hurting soul into places of grace, and the tumultuous relationships into a place of health and unity once again. 

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea storm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us. (Psalm 46:1)

God is a SAFE place to hide - not to escape, but to be made whole, secure, safe, and able to stand when all else says there is no way for your to every make it through what you are going through right now. God protects - he fights for us. Not against us - FOR us. All the world may fight against us - edges crumbling away, tossing us to and fro, rending what was once rock solid. All the grace of God fights FOR us. 

God-of-the-Angel-Armies --- this is who pulls us back from the crumbling cliff-edge. He is the one who stands just beyond the winds and waves, ready to bring us safely to shore. He is the one stronger than any rending influence our relationships might encounter. With the amassed armies of angels, he comes swiftly to our side - there we are secure and protected. We may not see them around us right now, but they are there - because he is there! Just sayin!


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