“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

-Psalm 46:1

There are times when it’s better to have some things settled beforehand. One of the first examples that comes to mind is having a will. A will decides beforehand how property, money, etc. will be distributed. As a health teacher and father, I teach that you need to have some things settled beforehand. If you wait until you’re in a pressure situation to decide, the pressure’s going to make it more difficult. So get your mind made up beforehand. It’s important to have some things settled beforehand.

This is especially true in our faith. It’s important we have some things settled with God beforehand. Life will certainly catch us off guard from time-to-time. Life will include struggle, brokenness, tragedy, and hardship. Those things are hard enough to handle. But if we have some things settled with God beforehand, we can find strength, peace and stability in times of weakness, chaos, and instability. Today’s verse is one of many things that would be helpful to get settled with God. We need to decide that God is and will be our place of refuge and strength when times of trouble spring forth. We need to settle with God that we believe He’s present and with us even when our lives get flipped upside-down. No matter what this life throws at us, it’s settled.

Would you consider getting a few things settled with God? Maybe life has already caused you to question or doubt. Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “...but I didn’t have things settled with God beforehand.” It’s not too late. It’s never too late. Although I think it will make bumpy roads and unexpected turns in life less bumpy and unexpected, it doesn’t mean things should ever be left unsettled. Ask the Holy Spirit to begin work in you. Pray for revelation of God’s promises. Start searching for God in the midst of your brokenness. You will begin to find peace, strength and help that could only come from God. Get it settled.