In the days of trouble

We need to understand something about days of trouble. During these times, worry seems to become some people’s resort, but worry doesn’t in any way take away today’s troubles, it rather takes away our peace. Peace is not a result of lack of troubles, it can be born out of the consciousness of God’s presence and love.

Staying out of the valleys of shadows of death isn’t what guarantees peace, it is in the knowing that God is with us despite where we are that peace is made active in us. While God doesn’t design troubles, he can lead us through the path of troubles and he can use them as a tool to bring about the fulfilment of his purpose in our lives, it can be a stepping stone to greatness.

Instead of resorting to worry, we have been encouraged to pray. The Bible says in Philippians 4:6

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

There are no special circumstances where we are encouraged to accommodate worry. Worry is a result of fear but when we pray, we are saying to those troubles “you may be big, but I serve a God who saves me from all troubles”. God saves us from troubles including the ones we got ourselves into.

In the season of chaos, it is easy to get lost in the noise and complaints but we must understand that as believers, regardless of what happens, we will keep trusting in the Lord. How we feel doesn’t change the authenticity of God’s word and it also doesn’t determine how we obey the instructions of God.

In Psalm 46:1, we see that God is our refuge and strength. That is to say, he is our ever-present help! He is available all the time and he is a place we can run to at all times. There is no trouble whatsoever that can consume a believer in Christ Jesus.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, God has sworn to keep you safe and secured. He will do whatever it takes to keep us safe and it takes him nothing. Those who trust in the Lord are like mount zion which can’t be moved but abides forever. The Lord is our fortress and our guide, he is the light that shines in our path preventing us from walking in darkness.

Sometimes, we think that God is not interested in our affairs but the problem is that we haven’t called him into that problem. There are times God wants us to willingly let him take over the wheels. We don’t usually know this because of our pride but if we can always humble ourselves and admit that we have come to that point where we can’t do anything further, then we can let God take over.

Men will always come to the end of themselves, we are very limited in our thought processes but we cannot come to the end of God. Where we can stop, God is about to start and whatever God starts, he sees it to the finish. No wonder, the Psalmist says in Psalm 145:18

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Jesus said further in Matthew 7:7

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

Why do we have to keep on asking and praying? Is God deaf? Does it mean he has low memory span and can’t remember what we just told him a few days ago? No! We have to keep on praying not because God has not heard but so that we may not truly understand how God intends doing it.

God always works his purpose out and we are the ones who may not know how he does that. We may not understand what he is doing and how long it will take for us to see the manifestation. Therefore we keep praying so that our eyes will remain on him with our hands stretched always towards him to receive.

At all times, keep your trumpets of praise active and keep your heart and hands lifted to him. Be thankful and dwell in praise always for all things works for good to them that love the Lord. He who makes all things new will make all things new for you.

Even in the times of trouble, do not relent in praising God. While we pray and wait patiently that these things are over, dwell in prayers and thanksgiving. James wrote saying

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.” – James 5:13

During hardships, you don’t sit back and complain. Some people would ask God a lot of questions and even investigate their past to know what they did wrong. All of that is not what we should do, we only need to pray and believe God for a change. Prayer and trust in God birth happiness which in turn motivates us to praise God continuously.

Whether we found ourselves in danger, troubles or hardship, we must ensure that even as we pray and praise God, that we stay safe and keep looking out for others. We must not let these situations make us live less of who we are as believers. We are God’s channel of love and mercy towards others.

Be the light of God that shines for the world to see.

It will end in praise.

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