WHEN TROUBLE HAPPENS!!

Mondays encouraging word

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! When Trouble Happens!!!

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psalm 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psalm 46:4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
Psalm 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Psalm 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
Psalm 46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psalm 46:8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
Psalm 46:9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

When trouble strikes, whether it be through natural calamity or human conflict, the psalmist reminds us to slow down, stay calm, and lean on God. He will get us through.

Trouble comes to everyone at some point. No one escapes it. If we are not having a bad day today, we will one day. And what will we do when trouble does come? Will we fall apart? Will we give up on God? On the world? On ourselves? The psalm writers, these sons of Korah, speak to our reaction when life beats us down. They give us some powerful verses that will help us keep our head on straight and keep moving forward, even when trouble is all around you. So let’s take them in reverse order from the poem itself. Like now amidst this Corona virus over taking the whole country.

1. Slow down
I love verse 10. The psalm writers have been bragging on God for the proceeding nine verses, and then God takes over. And he says the following:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God”: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

When life is falling apart, it’s hard to be still; it’s hard to remember that God is God. We want to do more. We want to be more in control. Slow down? Be still? If anything, we want to speed up! But God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Most of us Bible Believers know and have sung “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” which was inspired by Psalm 46. There is another hymn inspired by this psalm, “Be Still My Soul.” It’s a reminder of the great truth of verse 10. When trouble comes, quiet yourself before God. Quiet your soul. Spend time at the foot of the Master, in quiet submission, waiting on him. See what he has for you in the storm. Ask what he wants you to learn. Best cure for these situations is PRAYER AND MORE PRAYER!!!

Stop, Slow down, Think, and Act. Sometimes we just need to stop. In the middle of the chaos, we need to take a knee. To stop what we’re doing, to stop what we’re thinking, to slow down the craziness for a second, think through the next best course of action, and then act upon it. And this psalm says, “When you stop and slow down, do it before God. Consider what God has for you to learn. We have to admit when we do anything in a hurried reaction it usual doesn’t work well.
Slow down. And secondly,

2. Stay calm
In verse 2 the poet describes an earthquake: the earth is giving way and mountains are falling into the sea. He describes in verse 3 roaring waters and quaking mountains. It sounds like hurricanes, tsunamis, and volcanoes! Creation is going mad!

Back to earthquakes—I have never experienced one— I have heard they can make you feel really small and out of control.

Nature can bring fear. And nations can bring fear. Verse 6 describes
“kingdoms were moved” The verbs the song writers choose here are the same exact verbs they used to describe the calamities of nature, now applied to the destructive power of international politics and war. I guess the point is: natural evil and human evil can both turn your world upside down! We see the pictures of great destructions after violent weather.

Psalm 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

All of this brings an unsettledness of the soul. Just try watching the news right before you go to bed, and see how your dreams turn out, how restful your rest is! Just as a child who watches a scary movie, program that child is awake all night. I remember watching the movie “The Birds” with my Dad I was awake for a few days. My Mom was upset with him telling him “George do not let Cheryl watch any more scary movies she is driving me crazy during the night”.

But look back to verse 2. The writers know God is with them, whether in natural conflict or manmade conflict. And because of that, they proclaim,
Psalm 46:2 “Therefore will not we fear”, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
No matter what happens in our lives, no matter how small and out of control we feel, we can remember that God is with us. When the two sets of footprints in the sand become only one set of footprints, that was when God was carrying us! After all, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

And so, Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

3. Lean on God

That’s what the young shepherd boy David did, when he faced down Goliath. He knew this loudmouth bully was bad news for Israel. He knew his nation faced a big problem. And he knew he was no match for a giant. But he believed his God was bigger than his problem.
Look at the very first verse of today’s psalm:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
God is our safe place. We can go to him in times of crisis. Sometimes we wonder where he is, but the truth is, he is “ever-present.” He’s been there all along, when that person hurt you, or even when you brought harm upon yourself with your own sinful actions. God was there. And God still loves you. “God is your refuge and strength, “a very present help in trouble.”

This reminds me of the words of Jesus, in Matthew 11:28-30,
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

To show the difference God makes in our lives, the psalm writers take the destructive waters of a chaotic storm and transform them into the peaceful flowing river of the city of God. You’ll find this river at both ends of your Bible: in the Garden of Eden in Genesis and then again in the new heaven on earth in Revelation. Jesus used a river as a symbol of the Holy Spirit flowing out of our lives (John 7:38-39). The writers assure us in verse 5,

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Psalm 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Daybreak was the best time to attack an enemy, to catch them completely off guard. And here it says, that’s when God will help. In other words, God will be there just when you need him the most. God is never late, even if it seems to us he is tarrying a bit too long. His timing is always perfect.

Some of us have been through horrific experiences. Maybe you’ve lost a child, or lost a spouse, or lost your health, or lost a job, or lost your life savings, or lost your reputation. Some days it may seem like you’re losing your mind. And you wonder about God’s timing and God’s presence and God’s strength. “Did you forget about me, God? Or is this just too big a job for you to handle?” No, God did not forget. And no, nothing is too big for God to handle.

Your story is not over yet. It may feel like it’s over but it’s not over. It’s not over until God says it’s over. And maybe in eternity you will see how he used your traumatic events to bring about some good somewhere somehow. Not that the trauma wasn’t difficult and painful, but he can use the trauma for his glory and your good. Maybe you’ll never know … but you can still trust God. God always has your very best in mind. He’s a good God, and he’s a great God. He will be there for you just when you need him.

Nothing is bigger than our precious Lord and Savior. Not illness, not famine, not loss. He is there and tells us to come unto him.

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Love and prayers
Cheryl

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