From Trouble to Triumph
If you’re in trouble right now, you’re not by yourself. At some time or another, everyone faces trouble. Believers face trouble…and unbelievers face trouble. It’s just a part of living in the earth.
But here’s something you need to know: If you’re a believer, you can expect to come out of that trouble in triumph. That’s right. God brings His people out of trouble—any kind of trouble. In fact, if you’re a born-again child of God, coming out of trouble is one of the benefits of your salvation.
Maybe you didn’t know that. But the word salvation includes a whole lot more than being born again and going to heaven when you die. It actually means “material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension; preservation, pardon, restoration, healing, wholeness and soundness.”
Look at those first few words again: material and temporal deliverance from danger. They leave no doubt about the fact that coming out of trouble is part of our salvation package.
“But the trouble I’m facing is of my own making,” you say. “Will God deliver me from this mess even though it’s my own fault?”
Yes! And it’s a good thing, because that’s usually the way it is. We get into trouble by ourselves and then we turn to Him for help. But, even so, He is always there. We can’t wear out His mercy and patience. (If we could have, we already would have!)
Second Chronicles 15:4 tells of a time when the people of Israel turned away from God and got themselves in trouble…and God found them.
The same will be true for you. When you turn to the Lord and seek Him, you will find Him. God won’t say to you, “Why are you coming to Me now? Why didn’t you talk to Me before you got into this situation?”
That’s what we deserve to hear, but—Thank God!—He is the God of all mercy. He will always receive you. He will always listen to you. And He will always take you from trouble to triumph!
Speak the Word
“When I am in trouble, I turn to the Lord and seek Him, and I find Him.” (2 Chronicles 15:4)
Scripture Study: 2 Chronicles 15