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.
Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children, One Good Word Makes all the Difference, numerous magazine articles and personal stories for compilations like Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose writes two blogs, Promises of Home and Listening to my Hair Grow. Contact her at: email@example.com