When Trouble Knocks
By Cathy Irvin
Trouble comes in all forms -- family problems, financial
problems, emotional stress, or personal illness, just to name
a few. Sometimes it seems like an onslaught of bad situations,
and other times it is little things that happen every now and
then. Troubles are what we call them, but God calls them trials
May I pass on some good news? God is not sitting in the heavens
saying, “How can I send chaos on My children today.”
No way! He is the One who will make a way of escape. He is our
Deliverer and our Rescuer.
I have quite a few friends who are really going through major
trials: their children are using and/or selling drugs; two of
the families are dealing with alcoholics; and one close friend
is so badly stressed that she is on medication for depression
and it isn’t helping. Now it is taking a toll on her physically.
All of these women know, love, serve, and trust God, so what is
going on? How do we all survive when troubles come our way? The
answer is always in prayer and reading God’s Word.
The mind can mentally assess the difficulties and sort them out,
but the heart can’t cope. I heard a pastor say in a sermon
recently, “It is hard to wrap your heart around trouble
when it pierces your soul.” What a profound statement! It
is one of those statements that you want to tape to a mirror or
to your refrigerator. I know I definitely want it to get down
into my spirit.
We are not to cope with our troubles; we are to give them to
“Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves
in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in
due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all
your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and
for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares
about you watchfully” (1 Peter 5:6-7, Amplified).
If you cope, you hang on to it. If you give it to God, you can
let it go.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us
in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those
who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves
are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NASB).
We see here that the Lord will comfort us, and that is what we
need. Once we are comforted and pass through our problems, we
will be able to help others. Next time trouble knocks at your
door, send Jesus to answer it!
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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her Devotions minister with love and truth.
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