Who Do You Depend Upon in Times of Trouble?

Jan. 14, 2020

Scripture Readings

It says in John 16:33 that in this world we will have tribulation. It doesn’t say “maybe,” it doesn’t say “unless you are good,” it says, “you will have tribulation.” So what do you do when trials come? Do you depend on yourself saying, “I can do this,” or do you turn to God? In Genesis 29 and 30, Jacob had troubles with Laban. First, Laban switched daughters in the marriage and Jacob had to work another seven years to get the daughter that he loved. In the last verses of Genesis 30, Laban tried to cheat Jacob out of the agreed wages but fails.
Nowhere in Genesis 29 or 30 does it say that Jacob turned to God for help, but consider what Jacob did with the mating animals. What he did made no sense, but it worked. Only God’s hand could have done this.
There are great promises to us when we are troubled. Psalm 9:9 says, “The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” And in Psalm 9:12, “He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.”
Jesus also gives us great promises in the book of Matthew. In Matthew 11:28, it’s written, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” And in Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke and learn from me … you will find rest for your souls.” I have faced difficulties. When I turned these difficulties over to God, he gave me peace that passed all understanding. What about you? 
Key Thought: Are you trying to face your difficulties alone? Don’t! God is waiting for you to turn to him. The invitation of Matthew 11 is one of the greatest invitations ever extended. Let us embrace it this day!

Dennis Shantz