Archives for February 2018

A Very Present Help

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

We spend much of our time planning for the future. We are always thinking about what we need to do now to be ready for tomorrow.

Now, there is nothing wrong with planning. Some people are just obsessed with it. They go through each day as if they had to make plans for themselves and their family for the next 50 years! Such questions haunt them. “How much money do I need to live on when I get old? What do I have to put away for college for the children? What do I have to do to make sure the boss notices how hard I work?” When do I need to think about looking for another job so I can move up the ladder quicker? What do I need to do to impress that girl over in the accounting department?”

Notice in all of those questions the emphasis is on “what I have to do” or “what do I need to have.” It’s as if everything depended on each of us to control the outcome we desire.

Then something happens, and we soon realize we are not in charge. We get hit with the reality of just how little we actually control. The outcomes of life are not simply all in our hands.

Just ask 17 families in south Florida. That college fund is not important any more. What type of car they drive is no longer a priority. Where they will spend spring break no longer matters.

An act of evil that is beyond comprehension, beyond understanding suddenly changed the course of life for those families. They had a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, a friend, that was suddenly taken away from them. No one can plan for a day when a loved one goes off to high school, never to walk through the front door of their home again. And what makes it even more unbearable? It seems as if it could have been prevented by the authorities a month earlier.

Life is not about what “I” can do or make happen. Life is about being a part of what God wants to do in each person’s life. When life is turned upside down, we need a place of refuge.

A refuge is a place of safety; a place we can trust. Strength allows for one to stand firm. God is that only true place of safety. He alone gives us the strength to hold on; to keep going. And God has been tried many times, but He has proven to be always present in times of trouble and tribulation.

The lives of many people changed in an instant last week. A person can question and wonder where God was in all of this horror. A person can ask God why He didn’t stop this from happening. That question we cannot answer. But be assured God was there in the middle of it all. He didn’t flee from those students and teachers. He was that present help in time of trouble. And He continues to be that present help for those who are left to mourn and grieve; for those who continue to ask why; for those who are struggling to move forward.

Remember, as we plan for tomorrow, we are not promised a tomorrow. But we are promised that if we will seek Him, if we will have a relationship with Him, He will not abandon us.. He is the refuge and the strength that gets us through each day. He is always present. Will you let Him be your very present help in times of trouble?

©2018  Charles A. Kalkomey

February 18, 2018

God For All Times!

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.   James 4:8

There seem to be many in this nation who know how to call on the name of God at certain times; at times when there is no place left to turn. When trouble comes and it seems that all hope is lost. When the unthinkable is all that we can think about. When someone can walk into a school and take the lives of 17 others.

Columbine. Sandy Hook. And now Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Remember the University of Texas tower shooting? That claimed 17 lives 41 years ago. There have been 30 such events since 1900.

And with each of these tragedies, people cry out to God. People who haven’t prayed in months start to pray for God’s help; His comfort; His healing; His peace.

It has been the same way throughout time. In Exodus, God’s people were in bondage and they cried out to God to deliver them. When they were trapped at the Red Sea, they cried out to God. In Judges, Israel cried out to God because God had delivered them into the hands of the Midianites because of the evil they had done.

Why is it that we cry out for God’s presence in our lives when things go wrong? Why have we taken God out of our presence when things are good?

Why have we taken God out of the schools? There is no more prayer, no more scriptures read in public schools. Why have we taken the Ten Commandments out of public display? Why is it that there are those in this country that tell us it is not right to talk about God in public because we may offend someone?

The reason for the most recent school tragedy? God is gone from our lives in times of peace. We only fellowship with God on Sundays and in times of trouble. We have forgotten we are to be in relationship with Him.

We have forgotten God’s plan for the family. The family is not just important, it’s critical to our existence. It’s what holds society together. The family is meant to reinforce the difference between right and wrong.

Do we need a louder cry for revival? At what point do we realize that we are nothing without God in our lives? When we chose to take God out of schools, work, the public, our everyday routines, we chose to tell God we don’t need Him. We are capable of doing things ourselves. We can take care of ourselves. But the way which seems right to man is actually the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

Can something good come from all of this? If we, as a nation, wake-up. If we, as a nation, realize that God has to be a part of all of life; that we can’t put Him on a shelf until we need Him. If we trust Him in all things.

Yes, God hears our prayers. He hears our cries in times of trouble and pain. But He also wants to hear us each and every day, even if it’s just to tell Him how much we love Him, and hear how much He loves us. God is the God in times of trouble. But He is also the God in times of peace. He is the God for all times!

©2018  Charles A. Kalkomey

February 25, 2018