God is our Refuge and Strength, an Ever-Present Help in Trouble

God is our Refuge and Strength, an Ever-Present Help in Trouble

By: Rev. Dr. Msafiri Mbilu
| Visiting Professor, Divinty School

The COVID 19 pandemic has now become a global inevitable reality. We find ourselves in the unsettling times where the pandemic is taking our personal and professional lives, and those that we love. But in the midst of these anxieties, we are reminded that we have the strong refuge, our loving God as we read Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Here God is presented as a refuge and fortress for His people in a time of earthly upheaval.

During this time of trial and uncertainty, when many of us are facing a fast-developing reality that includes physical distancing, loneliness, school and church closures, we have the living refuge, our God who controls the universe. He has manifested himself to be our refuge in the course of His providence in time past, in time now and He has engaged to be so in time to come, and will never fail to fulfil his engagement.

As we find ourselves in the danger of this invisible enemy, COVID19, we are encouraged to hope and trust in God; in His power and providence, and His gracious presence with His people in the worst of times.

We have no doubt, He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire for a better one, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature.

This is the God in whom we trust. Please take care, stay positive and find sometime for having fun and smiling. I am confident we will get through this pandemic, in a very near future.

God bless you!


This reflection is another entry for “Skepse”
“SKEPSE” (Greek for meditation and contemplation), is a series of reflections written by faculty members from the Divinity School.
These weekly reflections contain messages of encouragement rooted in the Christian faith and drawn from critical thinking with the aim to bring a clearer understanding and interpretation of an occurring phenomena.
Through this initiative, the Silliman University Divinity School concretizes its pursuit of journeying with the people, even in the face of a worldwide crisis. #SkepseSUDS