“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time”- Psalm 34:19 (NIV)
There can be a mistaken perception that Christians are immune to troubles. On the contrary, troubles are much common to God’s children, except that they have a deliverer. King David was a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14), but he faced many troubles, from being persecuted by King Saul, losing a child, to being overthrown by his son in a palace coup.
As Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” God delivers us from the troubles we face. It is God who delivered Abraham and Sarah to have a child in their old age (Genesis 21:1-7). When the Israelites where stuck in the Red Sea and pinned down by an invading army, God parted the sea and let them cross to dry land (Exodus 14). After the prayers of the saints, the Lord sent an angel to free the Apostle Peter who had been held in prison (Acts 12:1-19).
Sometimes God uses the troubles which Christians faces to bring them closer to Him. The Apostle Paul says, “ And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). Often so, God uses the troubles brought on to us by Satan to make us more like Him ( Romans 8:29). In fact, for believers, the fact is, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs all” (11 Corinthians 4:17).
If we are not delivered here, believers know that God delivers us from all our troubles in the next life. Sometimes we see the sick die even after much prayer. Believers are persecuted in godless nations and lose jobs for standing up for Christ in secular societies. But if believers do not see breakthrough in this life, they will see deliverance in the next life (Revelation 21:4).
Today, if you are facing any trouble, take heart, that the Lord the deliverer, will not fail, but deliver you from all trouble!
Prayer for today; Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you are my rock and deliverer, so today I pray that you deliver me from any trouble I face, because of the faith in Christ Jesus!