Psalm 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
We all handle life’s challenges differently. Some face them head on to resolution. Others choose to run from them. Still others procrastinate to the point of near destruction until it is absolutely necessary to address the matter. Whatever the process is that you or I use, the fact remains – Job 14:1 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”
So, to say there is such a thing as a ‘trouble free’ life would not be biblically accurate. Some may see the rich have their every earthly need cared for and envy their situation. Some see a simple life void of stress and burden and think, “Could I have such a life?”
Often, it isn’t until the storm of our trouble has left us that we see the reason God allowed it to come into our life. Paul, the apostle, best illustrated this when in his infirmity (we know not what it was specifically) he sought God to remove it that he would be more effective, more productive for God. Earthly reason brought him to the conclusion that if the obstacle was removed, I could do so much more.
But in seeking God for the cure, He revealed to him (and to us) that we are, in all things, to be dependent upon His grace for our sufficiency.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Each situation, each circumstance seems so different when we are going through them, but in the end, it is when we truly cast all our care upon Him that we realize we are far more dependent that we would ever care to admit.
My nature and character wants to be in control. Relinquishing that control to Someone I cannot see is not part of my nature, nor is it easy. Faith must meet trouble or the trouble will overwhelm us. Faith in my abilities will only go as far as my hands can reach.
When my faith reaches out to grab hold of God’s hand in my time of need, I have His promise that I can and will succeed – no matter what trouble comes my way.
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
When I find it hard to forgive, I reach out to Him and find:
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
In the midst of a battle the seems unwinnable:
Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
When the flame of a life on fire for God has ebbed to a single glowing ember in danger of going out:
Psalm 39:2-3 “I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,”
When others seem to be more blessed, more gifted, more protected, given more and then some:
Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”
It is a sure thing that this life will never be without trouble. What we do in the midst of that trouble will define the type of Christian we are or are becoming. If only a mustard seed of faith can move mountains, I must rely upon God’s Word and His promise for Him to see me through my trial or over my mountain today.