Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The blessing of trouble

We are getting into the Psalms now for our MiniBible College study. One of the themes that stands out to me is the prevalence of "trouble" in the form of enemies and trials. It seems that in many of the Psalms there are evil forces that are bent on doing harm to the writer. But this morning, as I read Psalm 5, it occurred to me that there is a positive side to "trouble". When trouble comes it tries to get us to join. When we refuse to join, it tries to destroy us. When it tries to destroy us we look for resources to protect and defend us. When we find that we do not have those resources within ourselves we turn to God. I think this is the blessing of "trouble". Verses 10-12 of Psalm 5 capture this well:
10 O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.
I think it is wonderful how God can take trouble and trials and turn them around for triumph of faith and increased relationship quality between Himself and the men He loves!
Rob Smith

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