On my way home one night, I noticed a glow of flashing lights down the road. As I got closer, I saw several emergency vehicles on the scene—police and fire trucks and an ambulance. Like everyone else, I was a little curious, wondering what was going on. The intersection was blocked off, with policemen diverting traffic. When I got up close to the scene, I saw a lone car. The body was gone, and I could only imagine what that meant.

I wondered who would be getting a call tonight that would hit them in the pit of their stomach.  I was moved with compassion, however, I was helpless to do anything in the situation.  My avenue of support was through prayer.

I am so thankful to know that God is a God of compassion.  Matthew 9.36 says that Jesus was “moved with compassion” when he saw the multitudes.  We are specifically told that the Lord will have compassion on us.  Unlike me, as I approached the accident, not only is God compassionate, but he is also mighty.  The Psalmist said it, “The Lord strong and mighty, mighty in battle.”

If you ever lack confidence in the midst of crisis, just remember the extraordinary ability of God to intervene and help us in times of trouble. I don’t know of a better passage that speaks to that than Psalm 46:1-11, where we are assured that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” and we’re advised to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:1,10).

Several times lately, as I was in prayer over certain things, I would hear this verse in my spirit, “be still, and know that I am God”.

Be assured that God cares about our circumstance and that he is actively involved in our situation.


Pastor David Johnston