Thursday, June 23, 2016

When Troubles Come

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalms 27:13-14
Troubles are just a part of life for everyone at some point or another.  That goes for Christians as well.  Sometimes when trouble strikes, we forget we are Christians.  It may seep out through our behavior, words, or actions. 
In the Bible, there are many stories of David and the trials he experienced.  The scriptures below are one instance in which he is cornered in a cave by Saul who is looking to kill him. Here are some things we can learn from David and how we as Christians can respond to troubled times:
  • Confess Your Present Need - I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD; I make supplication with my voice to the LORD. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. Psalms 142:1-2 Confession involves acknowledging the desperation of the situation as well as our role in it. Have you acknowledged your problem to God?  And your part in it?  David’s Spirit was in darkness. David was inside a physical cave, but he was also in a spiritual cave as well.  He poured his heart out at God's feet like a liquid.  Tears are the fluid that purges the spirit. The tongue is often the vent of the heart even if it says nothing understandable.  When you are cornered and alone, audibly turn to God as your only ultimate resource.
  • Trust In God's Providential Care - When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. Psalms 142:3 Just because I don't know where I am in life does not mean God doesn't! You may find, as I have, that it was God who put me where I am or with who I am for a divine purpose. God never leaves us to the hand of chance or circumstance, but uses circumstances for His purpose.
  • Realize Your Dependence -  Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul. Psalms 142:4 Problems really get heavy when it seems that no one else understands or cares. Loneliness comes when we realize that one who has not been there cannot possibly understand and if they cannot do that, how can they empathize?
  • Recognize God's Complete Provision – I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low. Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me.” Psalms 142:5-6
    Fellowship, Refuge, Supply, Hearing and Deliverance…  God is everything and provides everything we need.  David was abandoned by his friends but he knew that God was still there.  David prays what he knows, and not what he feels at this time! He feels all alone! He feels that no one cares, but in spite of that he prays to the Lord what he knows! He declares, and proclaims that God is his refuge!
  • Praise God's Name - Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me. Psalms 142:7 David shows a remarkable faith in God in spite of his circumstances! He is alone now, but he believes that God will deliver him, and that he will be able to worship again surrounded by the righteous people of God! Faith is acting as if it is so, when it is not so, so it can be so.
Scripture to Claim:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

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