The Rector's Weekly Column

Rev. Victor H. Morgan


         A most comforting thought is that God is a rock and anchor in an uncertain world. Not only is it a comforting thought, it is a biblical one. Take the words of Psalm 46, for example: “Though the waters thereof rage and swell, and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same . . . God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed.”

         The “she” of this passage refers to Zion or the city of God. In its original context, the Psalmist was assuring God’s people in Jerusalem of God’s providence and protection; however, in the light of the coming of Jesus the Messiah, we who have been incorporated into His worldwide, multi-ethnic family do right in interpreting the Psalmist’s words as applying to ourselves.

         In other words, we are set the midst of so many great dangers; nevertheless, God is not far off. He is in the trenches with us . . . not just above in a faraway sphere shouting down good advice. Nothing can happen outside the circle of His providence and sovereignty. We shall not be moved eternally.

         Going back to the picture of the sea raging and swelling, it is interesting to note that the ancient Israelites were never too comfortable with the sea. Unlike their neighbours the Phoenicians, who were great seafarers, they saw the sea as representing danger and the chaotic forces of nature. But, at the same time, they saw it as no equal to God. He was the strong rock . . . the One stronger than the chaotic forces at work in this present age . . . the One who endures and ensures safety and eventual victory. We should as well.

         Chaotic forces seem to be very much at work in our own day with acts of terrorism and random shootings occurring almost weekly. As I write this, New York City police are searching for a person who injured three Walmart shoppers in a Halloween shooting. No wonder people today are anxious.

         In times like this, it is good to keep our eyes on our unchanging God . . . a God who stands like a strong rock in a raging sea. Ultimately the future is His, and if you believe in the biblical revelation – He wins. Let not your heart be troubled. God is in control.

         O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

The Rev. Victor H. Morgan is rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Blue Ridge.

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