The ground shakes and your chest pains. And your gut ties itself up. That is shock and pain twisted up together. As you still feel the aftereffects of the quake, the wind blows and you look for the substance in which you used to feel in the wind. And, you say to your God, are you still here? In the place where the sins of man rocked Your congregation.
Instead of feeling Him in the mighty wind, you see that He has come nearer and it is His breath that has filled the place and moved across your cheek. You see and you know that Your God is ever present in time of need. He doesn’t leave His house. He is not surprised by the sin of man.
With your spiritual eyes, you see that He has sent legions of angels to stand on the ground that we walk. For the purpose of empowerment, grace and mercy to cover pain. The city walls are not damaged but even more so guarded by the power of His great hand. I can choose to believe many things about good and evil. But, I choose to believe that God is good and the extent of His greatness is yet to be fully seen. This is the hope of Christ. That until He is seen face to face, there is great victory in living, right now, for Him.
Satan may have set out to destroy this ground. But, covered in the redeeming blood of Christ, we walk on holy ground that is established on the Word of God. We are more than conquerors. Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.
Romans 8: 31-38: 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.