One of the verses I’m “hiding in my heart” in 2016 is Psalms 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
The operative word for me in this verse is “ever-present”. I know He’s my refuge and strength. I know I can come to Him in any circumstance and he will provide me shelter an give me strength for anything I face. I love the way the Message puts this verse:
God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
In other words, He doesn’t have to fly in from New Jersey when I’m in trouble. He’s . . .”ever-present”.
The convicting part of that verse for me is this: When I’m in the middle of disobedience, when I’ve gone where I’m not supposed to be, He’s here as well. Watching. He knows. He sees. He hears.
Is His response scolding? punishing? condemning? No. It’s loving. That’s all God can do. That’s who He is. That’s what He is. The Holy Spirit, then will convict me, speak to me, and show me the righteous way out.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.