Three Ways To Prepare for Trouble On The Horizon
Psalm 37:21-38:12 is rich with core lessons, reminders, and affirmations that are weaved and threaded throughout the entire Bible: trust in God’s provision, be patient for his justice, be generous, delight in the way of the righteous, live in harmony with others. One of my favorites, Psalm 37:39-40, tells us to take refuge in God during times of trouble. It’s repeated over and over again: Psalm 46:1, Psalm 91:2, Proverb 18:10, Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 11:28, Hebrews 4:16…the list could continue many times over. When we face trials and hardships, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and alone. However, the Bible reminds us that we can always turn to God for strength and comfort.
Take Refuge in God
I lead a women’s support group. I can confidently say that I have never seen a woman stay “status quo” in their faith in times of trouble. Over the years, I’ve observed that during or after times of trouble, turmoil, or trauma, one of two things will happen. They will feel dejected, unworthy, or angry and lean away from their faith OR they will lean into and cling to their faith and relationship with Christ more than ever. Those feeling close to Christ don’t feel less pain, but they recognize that they would not be forsaken and accept that God will be close to the broken-hearted. They know they can take refuge in him in times of trouble.
Trust in God’s Provision
In addition to taking refuge in God, the Bible also encourages us to trust in his provision. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus reminds us that God knows what we need and will provide for us if we seek him. This means that we should not worry about tomorrow but should instead trust that God will take care of us. Are you trusting in God’s provision, or are you consumed with worry and anxiety about the future? What steps can you take to turn your focus back to God and trust in his goodness?
Persevere in our Faith
Finally, the Bible encourages us to persevere in our faith, even when we face trials and hardships, or ‘troubles’ as we discussed. In James 1:2-4, we read, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Are you persevering in your faith, even in the midst of trials and troubles? Are you allowing God to use those difficult times as a gift, to strengthen your faith and character for your future-self? How can you lean more fully into God during these times and allow him to work in and through you?
It’s not a matter of “if” trouble will come to you – it will! It’s a matter of preparing your heart and faith, and knowing that when trouble does come to you, you will be provided for.
Seek God and take refuge in him.
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