Our Strength in Times of Trouble

Commentary By:  Gordon King

All of us will go through trials and tribulations in this life, none of us are exempt from it.  Hardships and difficulties are right around the corner, and none of us know just when they will come knocking.

Many people will find it almost impossible to make it through very difficult times, they turn to drugs and alcohol, sexual promiscuity, suicide, false gods, witchcraft, and necromancy (among other things) for their strength.  As believers in Jesus Christ we shouldn’t turn to any of these things for our strength, relief, or comfort but to Jesus Christ Himself!  And those that don’t know the Lord should also turn to Him for peace and comfort, they should repent of their sins and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.  Only Jesus Christ can give us the strength that we need to make it through these trying times successfully.

Isaiah 45:24

He shall say,  Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength.  To Him men shall come,  And all shall be ashamed, Who are incensed against Him.”

Psalm 28:8

“The Lord is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.”

Psalm 37:39

But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.”

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;  My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;  Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,  And with my song I will praise Him.

1 Peter 5:10

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3

“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

Psalm 29:11

The Lord will give strength to His people;  The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Scripture tells us over and over again that the Lord is our strength, that He is always with us, and that He will never leave us nor forsake us!  Do we as believers actually believe this?  We should, and we should expect it from God for these are His words.

Life can be very difficult at times, it can drag us down into deep dark pits, it can surround us with immense darkness, and it can lead us astray if we allow it to.  But there is hope, and that hope is in Jesus Christ!  He is the light of the world, He is life, He is peace, He is comfort, He is the salvation of the world!

Being a believer in Jesus Christ does not mean that we will never endure trials and tribulations, of course we will.  But what it does mean is that we can rest assured that He is always with us, that He has good things in store for us, and that He will be with us as we traverse the darkness, that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He will give us His strength to carry on, His strength to see it through, His strength to overcome the trials and tribulations in our life.

Even as believers we can find ourselves in depression, we can find it difficult to get up in the morning, to carry out the day, this is part of being human living in a fallen world.  But we can know that we are not alone, that God is with us to walk us through, to help us through, to strengthen us as we live our daily lives.

As believers we should always keep our focus on God and heaven up above.  We should see things from a heavenly perspective.  We should always remember who God is and who we are in Christ.  We should remember just what it is that God has in store for us, the redemption of our inheritance, the place that He has prepared for us in heaven, and most importantly our blessed hope!

None of us will live this life forever, one day we will meet our Lord in heaven, and a glorious day it will be!  It won’t be long my friends, life is short, and we’ll be there before you even know it!  This life is but a mere speck in the scheme of eternity, a flash in the pan, but a brief moment in time.  And then it shall be nothing but the joy and love of the Lord in His presence for eternity!!!  Amen.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!