In Times of Trouble

Rainbow by Paula Gooch

When your world is shaken, where do you turn?  To where do you look?  To where will you go?

During life’s storms do you focus on the storm, the hardship of the storm, the problems that occur as a result of the storm, the length of the storm, the intensity of the storm?  Or do your eyes turn to the Maker of the storm instead?

As Christians, God desires us to show His love in moments of hatred, His grace in times of anxious feelings, His joy even in times of sorrow, His hope in times of despair, and His life in times of death.  Instead of turning our attention on our problems, let us fix our eyes on the One who is far beyond all earthly troubles, calamities, and tragedies – the One who is even more powerful than death itself.

It is easy to be distracted by the world around us – by the evil, the corruption, the darkness.  We are tempted to live a life overwhelmed with worry and fear as this world becomes more dangerous, but instead, let that stir in us urgency to live wholly for the Glory of our King.  So as you face challenges, remember these particular things:

 #1 – Remember who is our Enemy.  Our enemy is not a certain nationality, a specific people group, a particular religion, or even a precise handful of people.  It is not the Egyptians, Goliath, Pontius Pilate, the Confederates, Adolf Hitler, communism, Margret Sanger, or the like.  Let’s just get this straight: our enemy is the devil.  Though their agendas are not for the glory of Jesus Christ, we are still called to love these others with His love.  Remember Saul – God transformed him into the Apostle Paul!  Let us be expectant God can work in the lives and hearts of “the worst of sinners.”[1]

 #2 – Remember who is our God.  Our God, even through all the calamities across the world since the very beginning of creation, is sovereign over all.  He is in control over all things, though sometimes our feelings and what our physical eyes see may make us think otherwise.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.… ‘Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”[2]  No matter what mountains fall into the sea, no matter when the earth gives way, no matter how much your life seems to spin out of control – God is still God and He is with you in it all!

 #3 – Remember the Hope we have In Christ.  God desires us to have the Hope of Christ in our lives and to share His Hope with others.  Psalms 20:7-8 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”  Our position when the world is in complete chaos, the earth is turned upside down, and everything around us lies in shambles, is the Rock of Jesus Christ.  He is our unfailing Hope and will always be found faithful.  “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”[3]

As David Wilkerson once wrote: …Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love.  When all means fail – His love prevails.  Hold fast to your faith.  Stand fast in His Word.  There is no other hope in this world.[4]

[1] See Galatians 1:23-24; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8.

[2] Found in Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11 ESV

[3]  From Psalm 42:5-6a, 11; 43:5 ESV

[4] Read the rest of what he wrote on his blog article before he passed away on April 27, 2011 at:  Emphasis is mine.

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

One thought on “In Times of Trouble

  1. Thank you for this beautiful message. It hit me straight to the heart in my anxiety and worries today. Thank you!

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