Troubles and Trust

Written April 22nd 2008, Tuesday – Posted April 21st 2008, Monday

Troubles and Trust

I am going to keep my comments brief in this piece and instead just flood you with what the Scripture says about troubled times and trusting God.  Along with the Scripture, I am going to provide the definition, from the Hebrew and Greek Languages, of some words in the verses to enrich your appreciation and understanding of God’s promises to His people.  

The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. – Nahum 1:7

Trust =
2620. to flee for protection [comp. 982]; fig. to confide in:— have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.
982. fig. to trust, be confident or sure:— be bold (confident, secure, sure), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust.

  • You cannot fake trust.  God knows those who are truly relying upon Him for their care and protection.  We need to know that if we refuse to ‘take care of ourselves’ God faithfully will do so for us.  Hum, let me see, what He can do or what I can do; this is no brainier. 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. – Psalm 138:7

Revive =
2421. to live, whether lit. or fig.; caus. to revive:— keep (leave, make) alive, × certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive, (× God) save (alive, life, lives), × surely, be whole.

Save =
3467. to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by impl.) to be safe; caus. to free or succor:— × at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.

  • I urge you to let God take care of those who are against you.  Those who are persecuting you or maligning you will have Him to deal with, if you will let Him.  I have stated this within other writings; God provides us an umbrella of protection, we need to stay under that umbrella.  Part of doing so is to allow Him to deal with those who wish to harm us and refuse to take action on our own. 

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

Casting=
1977. to throw upon (lit. or fig.):— cast upon.

Cares =
3199. to be of interest to, i.e. to concern (only third pers. sing. pres. ind. used impers. it matters):— (take) care.

  • Throw those problems on His shoulders.  He cares about what is going on with us.  He wants us to place our problems in His hands.

My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:2

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • The age-old question when trouble arises is “Why? – Why me? Why now? Why again?….” Focusing on the why has never gotten us anywhere. Yet, we can allow any difficulty we go through to be redeems by the Lord Jesus for His use.  Once we have walked through a trial, we are better able to comfort another in the same type of trial and/or be a tool by which God can and will provide guidance. 

I will leave you with a couple of comments made by Phillip Yancey in his book “Soul Survivor.”  And I quote:  “Resolution of the “Why?” questions lies beyond the reach of humanity – was that not God’s main message to Job?” and “trust represents the proper fear of the Lord.”   

 

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