I had something come across my email yesterday that was very well-meaning, but it struck me as kind of sad. The email spoke of "pillars of certainty" in our turbulent times being family, colleagues, and our company. I sympathize and value those things for sure, but so many times since the pandemic began, I have heard various folks crying out in anxiety, anger, and fear, and I have been reminded that we ought not put our trust and hope in human beings.
Psalm 20:7 keeps coming to mind: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." And Psalm 146:3: "Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation." Even if someone is utterly reliable, there is no guarantee they will be here tomorrow.
Instead, this is our pillar of certainty and the only sure foundation upon which our hope can rest:
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.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.