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Hope For Troubled Times

Posted By Steve Downs, Executive Pastor On Thursday, July 13, 2017

How many of us have troubles in our lives?  That’s probably a “duh” question.  But I’m not talking about the little irritations, on-going annoyances or small frustrations that wear us down daily.  I’m referring to the biggies – the hard, life changing troubles that come like a wave and overwhelm us to the point that we feel “sucker punched” by life.  The biggies like:

  1. You are in the doctor’s office and you hear the “C” word.  Or, you watch a loved one battle cancer day in and day out – all the pain, chemo, radiation, physical decline.
  2. You love your job and things seem to be going well.  One afternoon your boss calls you into his office and tells you he has to let you go.  In a moment, your life is shattered and you have no way to support your family.
  3. Your child is diagnosed with a long term debilitating disease and you begin to realize the physical and emotional scars they will battle all of their life.
  4. Your spouse or child is in a terrible accident and they are either killed or maimed for life.
  5. You make some bad decisions and the result is you are overwhelmed with debt and financial difficulties.  
  6. Out of nowhere your spouse tells you they don’t love you anymore, they have been having an affair and they want a divorce.  You are totally blindsided and stunned.
  7. You come home from work and discover your child has committed suicide in their bedroom.

These are the kind of troubles that knock you off your feet.  The pain, hurt, grief, or anxiety is so overwhelming and you cry out to God – “Why?”  Or it may seem to you that God is distant and He doesn’t care about you anymore. 

In the midst of the overwhelming troubles of life, where can we find hope?  Our hope is in Jesus.  Jesus told us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble.  But, take heart because I have overcome the world.”  Our hope is in Jesus and the promises that are in His Word.  When you are struggling with the troubles and heartaches of this life, here are a few passages that will encourage you and get your focus back on Jesus.

Psalm 34:17-19 – “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”  (When trouble strikes, remember to cry out to the Lord and He will be your strength, courage and wisdom to help you through those times of deep trouble and despair)

Zephaniah 3:16 – “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love and rejoice over you with singing.”  (When you feel like the Lord is distant, picture Him as a loving Father holding you in His arms and singing over you)

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good to those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  (The word “good” in this verse does not mean our comfort, convenience, health, wealth, pleasure, happiness, etc.  Our ultimate good is being conformed to the likeness of Jesus.  When we put our faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, and are in God’s Will, everything the Lord allows in our lives is used to make us more like Jesus, and that is good)

1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.”  (The confidence we have as Christians rests in the fact that Jesus is genuinely concerned about our welfare.  When you feel like no one cares, remember He cares about you so much that He lovingly and willingly gave His life up for you on a cross so that you might have hope in this life and hope for a life with Him in His Heaven)

If you are having a bad day, week, month, year, you can lean on your Good Lord and hold onto the promises in His Word.  Jesus is our hope and He will provide the comfort, peace, strength and wisdom you need to help you through those times of overwhelming trouble and despair in your life.

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