Text: Job 14:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:8-12; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-7. The Oxford Thesaurus of English Language defines the word “Trouble” variously as: adversity, affliction, trial, suffering, hardship, distress, misfortune, sorrow, anxiety, failure, etc. Job 14:1-2 says: Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure. For some people, their health may deteriorate, or their marriage may either fail completely or become turbulent. One may experience barrenness, dejection, abuse, oppression, etc., or their life may become perplexed. Businesses or Finances may collapse suddenly, or Economies may crumble totally. Friends and associates may betray one, abuse one’s trust, or disappoint one when their support is needed the most. The bottom line is that trouble is inevitable (Jn. 16:33).
Paul, the Apostle reminds us in 2 Cor. 4:8-12, that Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering but God never abandons us at any time, for Christ has won the victory over death, and consequently we have eternal life. Whenever trouble comes, although we may feel like being at the end of the rope, we are never at the end of hope. Paul, the Apostle Teaches in 2 Thess. 1:5-7 that as we live for Christ, we are bound to experience trouble simply because we are God’s people living in a perverse world.
The Bible enjoins us in Gen. 21:7 to seek Peace by focusing on God’s promises. Exo. 14:14, says, God promised to fight our battles, so that we may become undefeated Champions (Jos 6:20). He promised us peace on earth with His Coming (Lk. 21:28). He also promised to avenge us of our adversaries in Lk. 18:3b. Some people may feel that our troubles are caused by sin, or lack of faith. Paul the Apostle teaches that the believers’ troubles may be a part of God’s Plan to make us look upward and forward to Him, and trust Him all the time, so that in the meantime Our Character could be built and strengthened as in Ro 5:3-4, and this building up would create for us opportunities to Comfort the Brethren that may experience Trouble (2 Cor. 1:3-5). Our Troubles may also be an indication of Our preparedness to Take a Stand for Jesus.
WAY OUT OF LIFE’s PREDICAMENTS
As believers, we should stand on God’s promises and remember that God is the–help of the helpless, and He can send help from unexpected sources (ps. 12:5-7; 46:1-3, 7).
The answer to the question of getting out of trouble is in the scriptures. Pastor E. A. Adeboye, General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, also teaches his Disciples and Adherents in the faith on the subject matter during the Holy Ghost Services. The Mission through the School of Disciples placed emphasis on the following: (1) Know Yourself (2) Know Your Enemy (3) Weapons of Our Spiritual Warfare. It is comforting to note that even though Trouble in our day-to-day life is Inevitable, there is a way out of every precarious situation. 2 Thess. 1:7 declares that we are not alone in our troubles. (Ps 46:1). other salient Points include:
- a) Since trouble may come suddenly, always be prepared; REST IN THE LORD ALWAYS and surrender your life to Jesus. We are never distressed when we are in the Lord’s presence (2 Cor. 4:8).
- b) We have incalculable Power in Christ to overcome mental, spiritual, or physical life’s challenges.
- c) Call upon the name of the Lord (Ps. 50:15).
- d) Activate your faith and prayer Life (Jn. 14:1).
- e) In case everything fails, try praises, for IT WORKS. It is important to realize that One needs to Pray One’s Way out of every situation no matter how daunting. Prayer is The Key.
- f) The Battle is the Lord’s, and God is Bigger than any problem. Give thanks to God liberally at all times (Eph. 5:20).