You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive and renew me again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71:20 AMP
David wrote Psalm 71 in old age, the same David who as a youngster defeated giant Goliath with one stone from his slingshot. Like all God-followers David’s life was a mixture of victories and troubles.
Trouble speaks with a loud accusing voice. It says God has forgotten you. God isn’t listening. He doesn’t care. Stop praying. Trouble uses words like impossible and hopeless.
When trouble’s voice threatens to destroy faith, remember God’s promise, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15).
When turmoil threatens to steal God’s peace, remember, He is not unsympathetic. He hasn’t forsaken. Refuse to doubt your Lord. Stand firm knowing that when trouble’s time is up, and it will come to an end, God will turn mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11). He will overwhelm the soul with joy and you’ll wonder what you ever did to deserve such a blessing.
Troubles have purpose. God uses them to refine, restore and strengthen our faith in Him.
Troubles have boundaries (I Corinthians 10:13). They’re not meant to break, but to teach, guide and to make faith stronger. “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (I Peter 5:6).
Every child of God has a future. And in that future there’s a song of praise (Psalm 40:3). This same David who recounted his troubles sang songs of praise to the Lord. God’s voice always overpowers trouble’s rantings.
Refuse to complain and murmur against God as the children of Israel did on their trek to the Promise Land. They were headed as a nation to a bright future but the older generation of whiners and grumblers sank in the quicksand of trouble because they refused to cling to and believe God’s promise. The result? They didn’t live to hear their children sing songs of victory.
Prayer: O Lord, I’ve given my attention to the voice of trouble. Today, I’m changing course. Forgive me for thinking you’ve turned against me.
Humility acknowledges the sufferings of Jesus and accepts that He suffered for us. Pride glosses over His sufferings and refuses to think about them.
Humility acknowledges that only the cross erases sin. Pride says, “I’m not so bad, no worse than anyone else.”
Humility confesses sin. Pride says, “I have no sin.”
Humility embraces the cross. Pride turns its head in embarrassment.
Humility throws its arms around Jesus and thanks Him for salvation. Pride gives Him the cold shoulder.
Humility kisses His feet. Pride slaps His face.
Humility weeps. Pride smirks.
Humility is undone by the sadness of the crucifixion. Pride says, “What’s all the fuss?”
Humility walks to the foot of His cross. Pride walks on by.
Humility calls Him friend. Pride pretends not to know Him.
Humility comes to the cross alone. Pride runs off with the crowd.
Humility admits to needing Him. Pride calls Him a crutch.
Humility breaths, “Thank you Jesus.” Pride is silent.
Make this prayer your humble response to the cross: “Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please forgive my sins. I give my whole life to You and invite You to take over every area of my life.” Amen.
Jesus gave up his divine privileges. He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:7-11
Rose McCormick Brandon writes books, articles and devotionals. Contact her at email@example.com or visit her website at Writing From the Heart.
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