I’m excited to feature a book giveaway this month of the devotional book Drawing Near, written by a variety of women. Here is Jennifer Slattery’s excerpt from the book. Be sure to read farther to learn how to enter the drawing for this wonderful book.
Our Ever-Present Help When Catastrophe Hits
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
We may be able to prepare for numerous difficulties that come our way, but sooner or later, we all find ourselves in a place of desperation.
When catastrophe hits, we need someone bigger and stronger than everything coming against us. CLICK TO TWEET
Thanks be to God, we have that in Jesus Christ. He who formed the galaxies filled with billions of fiery balls of light, who set boundaries for the crashing seas, who raises up nations and tears others down, sees you at your point of greatest need. He has the power to meet you there, to shelter you until the storm has passed—to still the storm entirely, should He choose.
Scholars aren’t certain who wrote Psalm 46 or when, but many believe it may celebrate the time when God granted King Hezekiah and his people victory over Assyrian invading armies. Samaria had been seized, Israel deported, and the fortified cities of Judah captured.
Terrified, King Hezekiah begged for mercy and promised to pay tribute to the Assyrian king.
The tyrant responded by making a mockery of King Hezekiah’s army in front of all his fighting men. If Judah didn’t surrender, he said, the people would be reduced to such destitution that they’d eat their excrement and drink their urine to survive.
Clearly outmuscled, in desperation, Hezekiah turned to God—the only One able to bring him victory. And God showed up. Scripture tells us that night the angel of the Lord destroyed 185,000 attacking soldiers, and the enemy fled. God proved Himself strong on His people’s behalf; He was their ever-present help in trouble.
The same God that saved Judah from a brutal, invading army stands with you in your time of trouble, as well. He alone is your refuge and strength.
Thank you, Jennifer, for your motivational insights.
To enter the drawing to win a copy of Drawing Near, make a comment on the blog post. The winner will be drawn Saturday evening, March 14, 2020. Only a US address can win.
UPDATE: MELISSA GRACE won the book! Congratulations, Melissa!
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of numerous contemporary novels, maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud, and podcasts for Salem Web Communications. Find her Faith Over Fear podcast HERE. She has a passion for helping women live in freedom and with Christ-centered impact. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
Wholly Loved Ministries exists to help women live in freedom by finding healing from their hurts, victory over their fears, and the courage and resources they need to live out who they were created to be.