Job said, “Man is born unto trouble.” He lost all he owned—his children, his livestock, and his health. Though distressed, he never gave up his faith in God. After his great trials, God blessed him with twice as much as he had before. We still face troubles today. What can we do when troubles come our way? Here are five things to do in trouble:
- Trust God for strength. He said, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble” (Psa. 37:39). Who are the righteous? The Lord Jesus Christ is our righteousness. We cannot make ourselves right; only God can do that. He says, “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). In other places He makes it clear all men must repent. He makes our hearts right when we turn to Him in true repentance and faith.
- Pray and cry out to God. God is merciful. If our heart is right with God, He will hear us. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41:10).
- Seek the Lord. He wants to hide you from the tempest. He said, “A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isa. 32:2). Jesus Christ is that hiding place. He will overshadow you.
- Pour out your complaint before Him as the psalmist did. “I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble” (Psa. 142:2). Yes, the Lord God knows what troubles you face in your life, but He wants to hear you tell Him. He listens.
- Look up unto Jesus. He is our Refuge in times of trouble. “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psa. 9:9). A refuge is a shelter or protection from danger or distress.
David encountered many troubles. When the people and he lost their wives, the people threatened to stone him. This servant of God knew God had chosen him for a king. He believed God. He encouraged himself in the Lord and recovered all. His reliance upon the Lord made him a great king.
Troubles can get us discouraged. Sometimes, we get ourselves into trouble with our mouths or our actions as Proverbs 21:23 reminds us. Some become bitter. Others determine that no matter what happens they will trust in the Lord and not give up to despair. How will you handle your troubles?