Sometimes troubles collide, leaving us wondering what is going on. I remember when I received unpleasant financial news followed by a client canceling an upcoming job. My mind went into a tailspin envisioning various hopeless scenarios. I wanted to escape and give up. As I came to God in prayer, I knew we are never alone in our troubles.
What do we do when life seems to implode from the consequences of decisions or outside circumstances? The more we worry, the harder it is to get perspective, and we can go into depression, worry, and fear.
When hit with trouble, we may find ourselves asking, “Why me? How am I supposed to deal with this?” Screaming, “This isn’t fair!” Our faith walk can suffer. We wonder how we quickly sank into despair when all was moving along just fine. When troubles hit, why do we often feel abandoned and alone by God? As if we are on our own having to figure it all out by ourselves?
Look no further than to God, our Defender, because God is our refuge and strength.
When trouble rears, look no further than to God, our Defender because God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1).When trouble rears, look no further than to God, our Defender, because God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). Deborah Rutherford #Psalms46 #Troubles #Godisourrefuge #TrustGod #Comfort Click To Tweet
Preparing ourselves for troubles sets us up for victory.
If we prepare ourselves to know that at some point, we will have troubles, go through valleys, climb mountains, and struggle with the unknown, we can set ourselves up for victory. Jesus told us that in this world we will have trouble. But He also told us not to worry because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
Beloved chosen ones, God is our refuge in trouble. He is in control and omnipresent.
BE STILL in your moment of distress by reaching no further than for the One who carries. Be still in the presence of God. When we focus on God, our troubles take the back seat. We can trust that God is working on our behalf for our good (Roman 8:28).
PRAYER is our connection with God. It is here where our hearts fuse with Him. God made us to be in a relationship with an ongoing conversation. After asking, listen for God’s quiet voice and inspirations while reading Scripture.
SEEK God as you read your Bible for encouragement, strength, and truth. God in the Word is where the Holy Spirit who dwells in you will bring God-given illuminations, inspirations, and awe to light. Read and cling to the Psalms to soothe your gentle hearts. Read stories of God’s faithfulness. I keep a journal to record God’s faithfulness and when He answers prayers. Then when you feel hopeless, go to these pages, and read how faithful God has been in the past and that He will deliver you now too.God in the Word is where the Holy Spirit who dwells in you will bring God-given illuminations, inspirations, and awe to light. Deborah Rutherford #Scripture #Godsword #Holy Spirit Click To Tweet
PRAISE & REJOICE in God for all His goodness, loving-kindness, and blessings. Joy flows into our hearts, shrinking the magnitude of any problem and giving us the courage to wait and proceed in God’s will.
When the crazy starts happening, what will you do? Don’t waste any time – run to the Father, receiving peace and joy.
We often end up being the ones fighting, trying to fix things, and stressing out. We may want to run, hide, and escape from our problems, but this isn’t God’s way. God wants us to trust Him.
Rest my tender one in the love of Jesus because He came to heal the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18). With Jesus, we are never alone in our trouble.Rest my tender one in the love of Jesus because He came to heal the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18). With Jesus, we are never alone in our trouble. Deborah Rutherford #Luke4:18 #brokenhearted #Jesusheals #trouble Click To Tweet
Blessings & Smiles,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,Luke 4:18 NKJV
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV).
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV
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