TROUBLES

“Man born of woman is of a few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1).

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like trouble. Yet, in my young (70s) life, I’ve had a little, although less than many, and less than I deserve. Someone has said, “God had one child without sin, but none without trouble.” Often, in the middle of our trouble, we have pity parties and ask, “Why me, Lord?” A better question is “Why not me?” If it happens to everyone else, why shouldn’t it happen to me?
God’s word teaches us that trouble comes as a part of our human condition, and our living in the world. All living human beings have trouble.
Don’t believe the “feel-good gospel” that teaches if you are a Christian, you will be spared from trouble, and God will make you rich. The only ones who get rich are the less than honest preachers who preach this false gospel. God does not promise us a trouble free life, or that he will make us rich. He promises us he will be with us, and help us no matter what our problems are, and that is plenty!
The Bible tells us of five ways to cope with trouble:
1. Realize that trouble is a natural part of being a human being and living in our world (john 16:33).
2. Don’t be an advanced worrier. Take it one day at a time. “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
3. Know that God is an ever-present help in time of trouble (Psalms 46:1).
4. Cry out to the Lord when trouble comes (Psalms 107:13), and cast your burdens on him, knowing that he cares for you.
5. Remember God hears and answers prayer, not always in the way we expect, but always in the best way.
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