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You Will Have Trouble

Maybe it's a problem with your boss or a co-worker.

Maybe it's your credit card debt.

Or it could be a health scare or a chronic illness.

Maybe it’s depression.

It could be on-going grief over the loss of a spouse.

Or it could be a conflict in the family.

Perhaps it's alcohol; or an addiction to pornography.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Our world is filled with trouble.  And so, sometimes, are our lives.

Being a Christian doesn’t make us immune to trouble.  As a matter of fact, we should expect it. 

Jesus reminds His followers of this.  “In this world you will have trouble,” He declares in John 16:33.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gives His disciples the following instructions:  “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (See Matthew 6:25-34)

This is very practical advice.  At least I find it to be so in my life.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the problems we face.  And, if we look too far into the future, we can become paralyzed with anxiety and fear.  I am reassured by Jesus’ admonition:  “Today’s troubles are sufficient for today.” 

As I think about Jesus’ words I frequently pray a brief prayer:  “Lord, grant me grace sufficient for this day.” 

This prayer is based on a passage from 2 Corinthians 12.  In his letter the apostle Paul talks about a thorn in his flesh, a messenger from Satan that is attacking him.  He doesn’t specify exactly what was troubling him.  But Paul does beg the Lord to remove it.  As a matter of fact, Paul pleads with the Lord three times to do so.  God’s answer is no:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 

What do we do when trouble strikes?  What do we do when trouble continues, day after day, seemingly without end?

We cling to the word of the Lord:

“But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand” (Psalm 10:14).

“You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to You.  Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.  In the day of trouble I call to You, for You will answer me.”  (Psalm 86:5-7)        




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