Trouble Has Purpose


Here’s a scripture I ran across this morning that brought back a flood of memories; Job 5:7 GW says, “But a person is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly up from a fire.” As a child, I was known as an instigator. I’m sure many who know me well will agree that some traits never die! My dad used to say that my middle name was trouble. Really? I thought it was Kay. Oh well. I admit that I had the ability to talk my sister Vickie into most anything, simply because getting into trouble was more fun if it was shared. And we shared plenty of spankings (yes, and trust me we needed it!), but we made a whole lot of great memories together.

But perhaps what old Job was saying wasn’t that we are actually trouble, but born for trouble. Jesus even said we will have trouble in John 16:33, “I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” He’s overcome our trouble for us! Trouble has purpose, it’s inevitable, but it has purpose. We know we’re gonna have it, but it’s what we do in the middle of our trouble that is important. When trouble comes knocking, stay in His peace. Depend on his ability to show you the way through it. You can crawl through it, fight through it or let Him carry you through it in peace. I’m opting for the 3rd.

Psalm 34:19, “The righteous person has many troubles, but the Lord rescues him from all of them.” It may be at the onset, it may be in the middle or it may be a grand finale, but the Lord will rescue you. He can’t lie, so I know it’s true. It may feel like you’ve been in it too long, but God has a plan for your trouble so trust Him. You may feel that your middle name is trouble cause you’ve been in it so long, but just as God took Jobs trouble and blessed in way beyond what he once had, God will do the same for you.

Father, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for the trouble that troubles me. Thank you that you never leave me to face my trouble alone, in fact you walk in front of me to take the brunt of my enemies attack, I just never see what you see. You have sheltered me so many times from those who would take me out. You’ve lifted me from depression and discouragement, given me a song, a praise to shout. You saw the waters rising, ready to wash me away, yet your hand reached out and lifted me to higher ground. My life is your life. You are my hope and salvation, I will not fear because you are my Father.  It’s because of your son, Jesus that I walk freely and victoriously in this world. AMEN!


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