The righteous person and troubles

Psalm 34.19

Psalm 34

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

We have discussed it before, life comes with trouble. The Lord speaks in Scripture to tell us that truth so we will not be overtaken by fear, dismay, hopelessness or confusion. Trouble will make itself known this side of glory.

I don’t know about you, but I must confess that I handle life a little better if I just know in advance that it is coming. We are all familiar with the call or email that says, “heads up” and we are appreciative. It is usually to say that this is what someone knows so expect them to make contact, expect trouble to come your way. We usually take this time to get our response ready.

But life isn’t that way, is it? Trouble doesn’t always serve notice. It just shows up. One minute you are dancing on air and the next the doctor is calling back about your annual check-up. One day you and your spouse are living the happy ever after and the next day someone is tired of being married.  One day you had big plans for retirement and your nest egg and the next day, the market crashes and retirement is back to the future. One day your child was going to be a rocket scientist and the next day you are called to the school. Life can bring some “stuff” right out of no where and very quickly.

Trouble doesn’t always make an appointment before showing up at the door but Psalm 34:19 gives us the assurance of God being in the house with us and our deliverance in Him. Jesus spoke similar words in John 16:33,

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus overcame the world at the cross. Since we are in Christ, Christ living in us and through us, we can overcome trouble no matter what it is wearing when it shows up.
We can “take cheer” because we are in Christ and Christ is in us. We are united by the Spirit of God. The victory has already been won.

1 John 5
4 “…
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory
that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes
the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Now, the world system will not understand our peace in the storm or our joy flowing out from deep within or our strength to keep running the race or why our disappointment has not turned to despair. Those who do not know Jesus in an up close and personal relationship will not understand that we are not in trouble alone.

“God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).”

Psalm 46.1-2


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