John 16:33 - "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."
Throughout the bible, we find trouble, pain and suffering in the lives of many of God's people. Job, David, Joseph, Jeremiah, Daniel, Paul and Jesus, our Savior. The same is common today. As people of God, we are not exempt from trouble, test, trials and the fires of life.
In this life we will be test by the fire, but Jesus says for us "to be of good courage."
The good news about trouble, pain and suffering is the fact that God is with us, we do not encounter them unknowingly and they do not last forever. Only for a season!
God warns us in His Word of the things to come in John 16:33 when He said "in this life, there will be trouble"!
Of course, none of us wants trouble, nor to suffer, but guess what? It is a part of life here on earth!
People can debate any scripture in the bible, but the verses of this text is one that would not be debated, but agreed upon. We all will suffer! Rich and poor alike! Trouble, pain and suffering is no respecter of person. Trouble finds it way to all of our front doors. If it has not had it's opportunity at your house yet, "KEEP LIVING"! Trouble will come knocking!
Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom is supreme--so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.
In these troubled days that will definitely come, they will be full of pain and sorrow. Therefore, we must gird our loins with the Gospel truth so that we may be able to stand against the evil and wiles of satan. The Word of God is what give us the power and assurance that we can and must trust God! We can not trust our eyes, our thoughts, our money, out titles, our status in the world, our ways of doing things, nor anyone or anything else. We MUST trust God! In the time of trouble, pain and suffering, we mus turn to God for the help we will need in dealing with the severity of life's situations that are and will be beyond our ability to solve them.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
Now is the time to turn to God! Now is the time of Salvation!Now is the time to cry out in surrender to Him!
As much as much as we might desire a trouble-free life, it ain't gonna happen on this side of earth. Life is fleeting and full of trouble, and we are frail. Our days are short and our sufferings are many.
In my 55 years of life, I need no more convincing of the fact that life is full of trouble and filled with swift transition. I am also convinced that even in the troubles of life, God is with me. He has proven it over and over again! Job 14:1 - Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
Regardless of where we may find ourselves on this morning, be it in trouble, just coming out of trouble or entering trouble. God is gonna work it for our good according to Romans 8:28. One thing we must not do is let trouble make us bitter, but better!
Half of the battle is over! Jesus already told us that we will have trouble. Nor what we have to do is prepare for it! Seek God for direction! Seek Him while He may be found!
Preparation starts with Jesus alone, for He declares in John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Trouble, suffering, pain, test and trials will come. My question to you on this morning is "will you be ready"? "Are you ready"?
If your house is built on the sands of life, it will not be able to weather the storms of life.
Even in the midst of trouble, life can still be a beautiful thing.Time and life has taught me that bad things and heartache can be present in your life, but the beauty of "Jesus" can still shine in and through you. I believe that it is troubled times of life when Jesus shines the most in and through us. Not on the mountain top experiences, but in our valley experiences!
I believe that who we are and whose we are in the troubles of life are more important than our trouble. If God does not take us out, He will do what He did with the 3 Hebrew boys and get in the fire with us! He said He will never leave us nor forsake, but that He will be with us always, even unto the end. If God be for us, who could be against us? Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the world!
Make Jesus your choice on today! He will not always take you out of the trouble, but he promises to take you "through" them.
Do tell the Lord thank you for being a shelter in the time of storm. Thank Him for He is indeed who Psalms 46:1 declares Him to be:Our refuge, strength and our very present help in trouble.
I love you all with the love of Christ!