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In Trouble? Where Do We Turn?

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

IMG_0301Where do we turn in times of trouble – when things are difficult?  Do we have a close friend to turn to in troubled times?  Are we close enough with our spouse – if we’re married – to turn to them in troubled times?  How about our parents?  How about a sibling?  How about a co-worker?  How about a close friend?  Who do we turn to when times are difficult?

If we’ve turned to any of the above – we probably have had mixed results.  At times we have gotten what we needed from them.  At times we have gotten what we needed and it wasn’t what we were seeking.  At times we probably didn’t get a listening ear – if that was what we were after – but rather we got someone trying to fix our trouble (men – a lot of times our wives merely need a listening ear).  At times the person is so close to us that they automatically side with us and maybe we don’t hear what we need to hear.  I’m sure there are other experiences as well.

jesusHave we ever taken a trouble to someone who had no power to make any change in the situation or troubled area?  How frustrating is that we think?  How frustrating to need someone to listen and finding the person we turn to not ready – able – or willing to listen.  Here is a Psalm that might help us in times of trouble.  Read it and give me your feedback about it!

Psalms 46:1-11 –1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

We do have One we can turn to in all circumstances.  We have One we can turn to that has power over all things.  God is ever ready to hear our hearts and our cries – even our anger.  God is ready and able to impact our lives as we express our lives – our troubles to Him.  Here is a passage of peace and power: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Who do we turn to in times of trouble?  We should always make the first one we turn to our God!  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Turn to Jesus and seek His face while desiring His grace!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 5, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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