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Where to Turn When You’re in Trouble

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.

Psalm 138:7

You don’t have to look for trouble to find it. It will find you. I am fully persuaded that if I moved to a remote location off the grid and lived as a hermit, trouble would still find me. Wild bears or something.

The Psalmist begins verse 7 with a statement to which we can all relate, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble.”

Recently, an internet provider made their service available in our neighborhood. Big deal for a subdivision that previously didn’t have a cable service. And our neighbors are thrilled. Well, they were until they discovered there would be unexpected outages until technicians worked the bugs out. And then there’s that fun call to customer service.

That kind of trouble is temporary. Annoying to be sure, but only temporary. However, the Psalm-writer’s problem is life threatening and had it not been for God’s intervention, he would not have survived. Angry enemies wanted him dead.

I hope you never have to be embroiled in a conflict so severe as to fear for your life. But more than likely, there will be times when you encounter those who have an ill disposition toward you and wish you harm.

We’re not always in the right. Occasionally, we bring the wrath of others upon ourselves by saying something offensive or acting inappropriately. Other times, we mess up at work and attract the wrath of our boss and coworkers. Some of the biggest problems result from broken relationships and bitter divorces.

Trouble comes in many shapes and forms, and solutions are often illusive and complicated. But not for God.

We learn from our focus text that in times of trouble we are not without help. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.”

The man’s trouble was so severe, he couldn’t handle it himself. He required divine intervention. And God helped him in three ways:

  • God preserved his life
  • The Lord fought for him
  • God saved him

I was once accused of criticizing a church worker, which brought the wrath of her friends and considerable gossip. I went to the source of the rumor and confronted her. She acknowledged she had made up the story. When I asked her to go to the offended party and set the record straight, she refused. She didn’t want her best friend to think badly of her.

All I could do was pray that God would uphold my cause and defend me. Eventually, the uproar went away, peace was restored, and the troublemaker left the church.

I have absolutely no scripture to base this upon, but in troubling situations, I pray for God to level the playing field. I’m asking for fairness in dealing with difficult people. All I can tell you is that He has never failed to answer that prayer.

Just because you try to live a godly life and treat others with love and respect does not mean you won’t have your share of enemies. Satan doesn’t play fair and will use people to challenge your faith and destroy your witness.

Remember, when you are in the midst of severe trouble, you don’t have to fight the battle by yourself. God is only a prayer away.

For more on this topic, check out this article: When You Need Wise Counsel

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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