BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
in Times of Trouble
J. Steven Lang
-- What does God promise his people? Relief from all troubles in the next
world, relief from some troubles in this life. Faithful people throughout
the centuries witness to dramatic deliverances from sickness, from financial woes,
from all manner of troubles. Flesh-and-blood human beings have testified to miracles.
But not always. Sometimes we aren't relieved by God. Sometimes
we merely endure. This isn't such a bad thing. We are never nearer to God
than when we are troubled. In times of comfort and ease we forget him. In the
worst of times, we suddenly remember, "Ah, what if I asked God for help?" Sometimes
the answer is the help we pray for. Sometimes the answer is "Lean on me, and you
will survive and thrive."
Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more
than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God
remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts
me in all my troubles.
The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything
I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for
you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock,
in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and
Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to
help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the
mountains crumble into the sea.
You have allowed me to suffer
much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths
of the earth.
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender
and compassionate to those who fear him.
Those who plant in
tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.
He heals the
brokenhearted, binding up their wounds.
"Don't be afraid, for
I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I
will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."
"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When
you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through
the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume
you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
"God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven
"God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about
because you are my followers. "Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward
awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too."
Matthew 5:4, 10-12
"Not even a sparrow, worth less than a penny, can fall
to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head
are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole
flock of sparrows."
Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you
who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find
rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we
are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit.
is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed
every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long.
Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
Corinthians 4:8, 16-17
See also Patience, Peace, Sickness, Worry.
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.