Though a lot of years have passed since my daughters were little girls, I have not forgotten the sight of their tiny feet and wide-open-arms rushing toward me whenever they were afraid. I'll always be grateful they believed that dad's warm embrace and reassuring words would chase their fears away. Precious are the memories of watching them calm down, even drift into a peaceful sleep in the safety and security of their father's arms.
God's ability to restore peace and assurance within the hearts of His anxious, fear-filled children is far greater than that of any earthly father. Psalm 46:1-2a say, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid..." After presenting imagery of crumbling mountains, chaotic seas, and collapsing kingdoms the writer gives this assurance in Psalm 46:7, "The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." Following his declarations about the Heavenly Father's absolute dependability to refresh weary spirits (Psalm 46:4-5) and to bring an end to painful conflict (Psalm 46:8-9), the author repeated the words of verse 7 in verse 11, "The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."
Do God's children ever quote this timeless truth without enjoying its unfailing power to calm our spirit's during turbulent times? The answer: Yes, just as sure as the Pope is a Roman Catholic. What's missing when we claim that "the LORD of hosts is with us" but our spirits remain afraid and anxious? Psalm 46:10 supplies the solution we need: "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
Inward peace comes when our response to the fact that "The LORD of hosts is with us..." is like that of my girls when they fell into the arms to their earthly father during fearful times. First, come to the Heavenly Father EXCLUSIVELY (be still; remove distractions; shut out the noise; focus on Him alone). Second, come for INTIMACY (peace is getting to know God personally; experiencing His unconditional love; speaking openly and honestly to Him; listening to Him; leaning on Him; etc.). Finally, come CONFIDENTLY. Before long the entire world will exalt the LORD (verse 10b). His reign is eternal, His power is supreme, His wisdom is complete, and provisions for His children are certain. Why would God's kids choose to live in fear, worry, and anxiety? The Father loves you. Run to Him and find out how much.