Troubled Waters

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I Had another day filled with problems. You too? Welcome to being alive. No one wants to have problems, but they are unavoidable. Some problems are bigger than others and some people claim that the size of your problems is comparable to the size of your sin. I don’t believe that, but I’ve for sure heard a sermon or two that sounded like if you just live for Jesus your life will be problem free.

“God’s ultimate goal is to protect us from problems.” #notintheBible

Psalm 46:1-3 (NLT) God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! 

Wait a second. If my life is going to be problem free what do I need a place of refuge for? I don’t need a place of protection without problems. I appreciate the promise of strength and I love that God’s always ready to help, but… what’s with this “times of trouble” thing? I’m not feeling that one.

We often want the promises with none of the provisions.

I don’t see anywhere in scripture where God promises a problem-free life. I see plenty of proof for a presence filled life.

It is not God’s wish to spare us life’s trials, but rather to be present with us as we endure them. How wonderful it would be to never have any struggle, but how much more wonderful is it to know that in the midst of any circumstance we can know that He is with us. It requires us to breathe and remember who He is. To relinquish control and be still knowing He is God.

Psalm 46:10 (NLT) “Be still, and know that I am God!

You might be facing the biggest storm of your life right now. I want you to know that you’re not forgotten, God is with you even now. He knows what He is doing. I can’t tell you why you are going through this, but I trust God enough to know that He loves you and though we can’t see it yet, there is purpose even in the storm. Everything God allows has a purpose.

That statement bothers me a little bit. When we’re in the midst of such pain we may see His purpose through the lens of our pain rather than the lens of His love. It’s easy to fixate on the painful moments and forget the joyful ones. In the busyness and pain of stormy seasons, we all tend to forget some of the most important truths about who God is.  I want to encourage you to take a moment and breathe in deep. Remember the goodness of God. Remember the love of God.

What is it that you need to be reminded of? Whatever it is in the quiet of the moment simply say that word. Breathe in deep and remind yourself of the truth. Perhaps it’s that you are loved. Say it out loud, “I’m loved.” Possibly you need to remember His peace. Breathe in deep and then say it out loud. “Peace.”

Repeat it until it gets down inside your soul.

Do not let the problems of life prevent you from remembering the presence of God. He does not abandon us during hard times. He is ever present in our time of need. You will make it through this. I know that it is hard to see past the storm of the day, but it won’t last forever. It may seem impossible to keep moving forward, but God will not let this storm destroy you.

Breathe.

Be still.

Know.

He is God and He is still in control.

He may not have spared you from this storm, but He will keep you through.

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3 thoughts on “Troubled Waters

  1. :o) This reminds me of last week’s devotion in James….
    “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    We are guaranteed trials (and Lord have mercy have I seen many a trial and STILL do presently).
    Even though some trials seemingly last longer I TRY to keep in mind this is doing to work out for His good and purpose in my life. He wants to see us grow and we can only do that with the friction of trials. (I am sure we all wish there was another way, but alas even Jesus learned through suffering). Great post!!! ☺️

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