In the Stillness - a free devotion for this week's meetings

By Jane Fryar

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress (Psalm 46:11 ESV).

“How many times do I have to say this?” If you’re a parent or teacher, you have probably asked that question. Repeatedly!

We repeat ourselves when others forget what we’ve said or when they seem to be ignoring it.

It’s interesting to note the many times the Lord repeats himself in Scripture. In Psalm 46, for instance, verses 7 and 11 are identical. Then, as now, the Holy Spirit would remind his people of what we so easily forget, overlook, or even ignore.

Researchers tell us that loneliness is epidemic in our culture today. We bury ourselves in our devices, hoping to find some kind of connection there - or at least, a funny cat video.

But the Scriptures invite us instead to pause, to meditate on the perpetual presence of our Lord and on the unbreakable connection we have with his people: The Lord of hosts is with us—not just “with me” but also “with us.” We belong to Jesus and to one another forever!

What’s more, the God of Jacob is our fortress. Jacob seldom appears as an attractive figure in Scripture. Even his name gives him away; it means “The Schemer.” Again and again, we read about Jacob plotting one shady deal after another.

Even so, the Lord calls himself “the God of Jacob” - twice! Like us, Jacob was saved by God’s grace through faith in the Savior. As for Jacob, so for us:

God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city (Hebrews 11:16 ESV).

Because of Jesus and his cross, that eternal city is our city, too! Pause. Remember. Think about this!

Prayer: Lord, you are not ashamed to be called our God. In your eyes, we are forgiven, holy. Make all of us at church bold to love one another and to work together to do all you are calling us to do in our community and our world. Amen.

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