Monday, July 23, 2012

Time of Trouble

When we get into trouble it is nice to have someone to turn to. Family and friends will always be there for us, but it is even better to know that we can turn to our Father. Psalm 46:1 says that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Then Psalm 86:7 says, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee, for Thou wilt answer me.”

Often when people are at the end of their rope they will desperately cry out to the Lord for help; they have gotten themselves in a mess and they want God to fix everything. Fortunately God will forgive us as often as we repent, but the consequences are still there.

But why should we wait until the bottom falls out to seek the Lord? The psalmist mentioned turning to God in the times of trouble; perhaps you are struggling with a temptation. That is your time of trouble—talk to the High Priest who has already faced that temptation. Maybe your time of trouble is the thought that no one gets you—you have been stabbed in the back, betrayed, or rejected. Why not turn to the Son of God who was rejected in His hometown, mocked by His family, betrayed by His disciple, condemned by His people, and executed for the sins of His children?

Maybe your trouble is that you need forgiveness. That sin in your life separates you from the Lord right now and in the next life. If you are willing to repent and put your faith in Jesus Christ then He will save you and forgive your sins.

When you call out to Him in time of trouble, He will answer.  

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