God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah Psalm 46:1-3
Psalm 46 sets our standards for fearlessness and peace. If the mountains, in all of their permanence and weight were suddenly plucked up and tossed into the sea, we should not fear. And, since the mountains were symbols for an Israelite of firmness and immovability, and since the sea was a symbol of chaos and confusion, we can say this: If our most trustworthy and immovable “mountains” in life are thrown into utter chaos and confusion, we should not fear. We should remain unshaken. So, as we face the shaking of our health, of our culture, of our economy, of our paychecks and our retirement accounts, as the future seems uncertain and the present chaotic—we should not fear. The Lord is our refuge. We live and move and breathe inside of him. This does not mean we’ll never face physical or cultural chaos. It means that when we do, our souls and our destiny are in the grip of his all-powerful hand.