Thursday, January 6, 2011

Having Trouble?

Trouble, seems to be the name of the season on a global scale these days. Everywhere I look, there is an awful event occurring somewhere. Most people don't have to look too far to find trouble, because it's in their own household, economically, physically, and socially. Every single person I know has had an enormous amount of trouble in their lives, in one form or another.

The Bible has a lot to say about trouble, but the theme that is interwoven throughout scripture is the evidence of God's work among people, especially among his own. Nothing that happens to you is a surprise to God, it all serves his purpose.

Trouble can be a form of discipline, causing us to consider the choices we've made. (Psalms 32:3-4). Trouble can grow our faith and bring us to a deeper level of trust. (Psalms 9:9-10) Trouble can equip us to share the burden of another, further developing the character of Christ. (Psalms 34:17-19). Trouble is not always a negative, but we should look at it as an opportunity. Ask the Lord to show you how you need to respond.

As we move swiftly into the future and the return of Jesus, we should not be surprised at the amount of trouble in the world. I believe it is a wake up call to those who have fallen asleep and those who have not yet trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We have been told the signs of the times that announce His return (Matthew 24). These signs are like that of the “voice in the wilderness” crying out for all to hear. Are you listening?

When we see these events taking place, we should remember what Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace that I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27 NLT).

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