Guest Author - Dountonia S. Slack
Why does it seem when we decide to live wholly for Christ that trouble comes? There we are practicing the disciplines – praying, studying, worshipping – yet, enemies are rising against you, finances are collapsing, and relationships are broken beyond repair. Yet in the midst of it all, we are able to find peace and joy in spite of the problems because we are reminded through His word that God has everything under control. What a testimony!
In 1873, Horatio Spafford whose wife and child drowned in a shipwreck wrote: “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.” In other words, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy” (James 1:2). Like Spafford, the one who has this kind of joy recognizes who God is and see His hand in and on the circumstance. As a result, we are able to find peace and comfort in some of the most heart-wrenching situations because we have found safety in Him.
The peace that comes is not the false serenity and deceitful tactics of your enemies; not the house of cards we build with our wealth; nor the troubled relationships that we invest so much faith into. However, we are encouraged to press on because of the reality that our Sovereign Lord “is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). He takes good care of His children.
Therefore, our automatic response to trouble should be to:
Trust God’s Word
Remember God’s Word
Obey God’s Word
Unleash God’s Word
Believe God’s Word
Live-out God’s Word
Exclaim God’s Word
We do this in order to present an excellent testimony to the world of the Lord Jesus Christ from whom our strength comes so that we will be able to reign victorious in troubled times.
Thus, it is important to note that the biblical promises of peace, strength, and victory in trials are only for Christians. If you are not a Christian, these promises can be yours if you believe and trust Christ as your Lord and Savior. Accept that you are a sinner and unable to save yourself. Believe that our Loving, Merciful God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for ALL of your sins (John 3:16). Confess and repent of your sins and turn to Him then He will make you into a new creation. A creation that has a new mind, new heart, new purpose, and new strength that comes only from Christ. He will change your world into a place of possibilities (Philippians 4:13). Including a place where we endure the seemingly unbearable troubles in life with “the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension” (Philippians 4:7).