Have you ever had a season in life when it felt like you were experiencing one trouble after another? It might have been one medical issue after another, one unexpected expense after another, one broken relationship after another, one heartbreak after another, or a combination of all these in succession. It can be difficult to bear these seasons, and unfortunately in these moments we can feel like God has abandoned us. Why would we be having troubles if God is always with us? Well, trouble is one of the things we are guaranteed in this life.
“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” (Psalms 34:19)
“‘I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.’” (John 16:33)
The word “many” is in both verses. I don’t like that word. We’re not just guaranteed troubles, but many troubles, many trials, many sorrows. Not a few, not some, many. But the Lord comes to the rescue each time, because Jesus has overcome the world. He is bigger than the troubles, trials, and sorrows we will face. He walks on top of the waves, He vanquishes the storm with a single word, with His hands He parts the sea, with a single touch He heals our sickness, and with His blood He forgives and cleanses all our sin.
“But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
James calls any troubles that come our way opportunities for great joy. If we wait upon the Lord for that promised rescue each time troubles come, our strength is renewed. Troubles are inevitable, and how we react to them is what matters. When troubles come do you wait or do you panic? Do you turn to the Lord in prayer and wait upon Him or do you scramble to try and solve the problem yourself? Do you remember that just as the troubles are promised so is God’s rescue? Let’s work toward having a Biblical perspective on the many troubles that come our way, to see them as opportunities for great joy. We will grow from it and the world, seeing our reaction to these troubles, will be pointed to Christ.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.