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Troubles Will Come Our Way

Psalm 71:20

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMTrouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. Troubles will come our way. Some folks come to my office with trouble in their marriage. We try to pray together and talk through the troubles. We try to identify the trouble and root out the issues. At times – marriages are healed.

Trouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. Troubles will come our way. Some folks come to my office with financial troubles. Some have lost their jobs – or cannot seem to find a job. Some have troubles keeping up with the bills in their lives. We pray together – we talk together – we try to help people back on their feet.

Trouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. Troubles will come our way. Some folks come into my office with troubles with their children. Not the typical parent/child troubles that most all of us have faced – but troubles with drugs – alcohol – crime – abuse. We pray together and we talk together and together we try to help these folks through their troubles.

Trouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. Trouble seems to find us at times. Whether it is at work – in the home – at church – in the community. At times the trouble is self-made – at times it is from outside forces. Troubles will come our way.

Trouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. A number of us have faced medical concerns that have thrown us for a loop. We hear that C word (cancer) and the trouble seems to mount. We face surgeries and treatments and more. We pray with those who are ill and we visit with those who are ill. We try to help them deal with their trouble.

Trouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. Using current events – our nation seems to be in trouble. Division seems to be everywhere – racial – economic – political – cultural – and more. We need to spend more time on our knees as we face these troubles.

Trouble – we all have trouble in our lives – at least from time to time. Where is the trouble in your life today? Is your trouble personal or professional? The Psalmist knew what trouble looked like. His life was threatened and he was in trouble. Yet he didn’t take his eyes off of God.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 71:1–21 – 1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. 3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. 9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. 10 For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together. 11 They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” 12 Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me. 13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace. 14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. 15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all. 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. 17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. 19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God? 20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. 21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.

What troubles have we faced? Whatever trouble we have faced – please trust that God will see us through. Troubles will come our way. Please know that as we walk with the Lord – He will be by our side and will bring us through the trouble to better times – either here on earth or in His kingdom.

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

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July 13, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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