What To Do When Trouble Comes
Trouble will come, so be prepared for it.
Job 3:26 – I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
Job 5:7 – Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
2 Corinthians 4:8 – We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV) – (12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
What do you do when trouble comes?
1. Spend Time ALONE With God
Acts 27:21 – But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, “Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.”
Genesis 32:24 – And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
When trouble comes, we must wait upon the Lord, or we will faint and fail!
2. Be Sure of God’s Presence in Trouble
Acts 27:23 – For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,…
Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Hebrews 13:5 – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Remember, You Are NOT Alone!!!
3. Believe God’s Promises
Acts 27:25 – Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Romans 4:20-21 – (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
4. Count Your Blessings – Cultivate the Art of Thanks-Living
Acts 27:35 – And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and whe he had broken it, he began to eat.
Acts 5:41 – And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
2 Corinthians 2:14 – Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…
Take a lesson from tea: its real strength comes out when it gets into hot water!