Do you believe this? I mean down deep in your very being? We may say we believe this, but when trials come, it's test time. You will find out how much you believe that God is your rock, fortress and stronghold. God wants us to grow up in Him so it is a progressive revelation and relationship. When I married my husband I loved him (obviously) but through the years I have come to love him so much more than I did years ago. No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord he is with you if you have accepted him as your savior. You can call out for help and he hears you instantly, faster than a text message can transmit. He is our Shield, Fortress, Hiding Place, Keeper, Refuge, Rock, Shade, Shelter, Protection and Stronghold. Wow!
1Samuel 5 tells of the ark of God being held by the Philistines in Ashdod. The ark was placed in the house of Dagon right beside the idol. In the morning , they found Dagon lying on its face while the ark remained in place. They would restore Dagon to its upright position only to find it back on its face the next day. This little myth like story actually puts forth a hard and fast law in the Kingdom of God; in His presence, idols will fall.
I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.
As we mature in our relationship with the Lord, we have mountaintop seasons and valley seasons. It says in the word we go from glory to glory so we know that we are to progress in our walk. There are also times that we sit idle and coast along, but then all of a sudden we are faced with a trial. My first reaction is to get in a "let's fix it" mode but sometimes it's not an easy/quick fix. I am the type person who likes things to be peaceful, but recently I had my peace disturbed.