God doesn't pretend that we're never going to have trouble in our life. In fact He even uses the word 'when', not 'if': 'When you meet trials of various kinds...' (James 1:2), 'when we run into problems and trials...' (Romans 5:3 NLT). Hmm. That might not sound very comforting to us, but coming right up behind it is some good news.
God doesn't lie about Himself either. 'The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe' (Proverbs 18:10 NIV). God's 'name' speaks of His character, His reliability and His faithfulness. People without God are forced to be their own god (and that's a pretty terrifying thought, on many levels), relying on their own strength and wisdom to get them through life's turbulence. Those who love God can say, 'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging' (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV).
If God won't lie about who He is (a safe place to hide), then He definitely isn't going to hold back who He is (our safe place to hide) when we need Him.
So what now? Think of someone going through a tough time. Chat to them and offer to pray, full of faith that God promises, and is willing, to be a storm shelter for them.
Soulfood : Gal 5:23, 1 Jn 2:15-17, Prov 29:18, Gen 39:1-23