Trouble

trouble

If your troubles multiply whether you examine or ignore them, what should you do?

Jesus said “in this world you will have trouble”. This warning of what is to come is translated ‘trouble’ in most modern translations but in the English Standard Version it is translated “tribulation”. While we associate these words with external events the ones that keep you up at night worrying about what might happen, the trouble or tribulation Jesus speaks of is experienced internally. The feeling that carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of trouble, tribulation, when you feel there is “no way of escape”. It is in these times that we have to look through the problem and look to Him.

If we believe that truly He will never leave or forsake us then we can be confident it is not just “our” trouble but also His. “Lord, I know you’re in charge. So I choose to recognize this trouble as your problem, not just mine. I admit that I can’t handle this situation, yet it needs to be resolved. What do you say, Lord? * ” Our reaction to tribulation and trouble can cause us to give up and wallow in defeat, or try to avoid the things that come our way. Our best course of action is to trust him, to look through our troubles and toward him. I love these verses from Psalm 3 that encourage us to do exactly that.

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.

*From the Men’s Devotional Bible -Bible Gateway

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