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When Trouble Comes: Look for God

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
Isaiah 43:2

I recently heard someone ask this question: “If you could go back and talk to a younger you, how would you finish this question, ‘When trouble comes…?’” That is a thought-provoking question that I have pondered for days. There are many things I would like to tell a younger me regarding difficulties, but I have settled on five things I think are most important. Perhaps this is a question you need to reflect on also. What would you tell yourself? Now obviously, it’s impossible to go back and talk to a younger you, but you and I can talk to our children and our grandchildren and to other young people we know. What would you say?  

My first advice would be: When trouble comes, look for God. You won’t have to look far, for He is right there with you. He has promised that when you go through the water or the fire, He will be with you. (Isaiah 43:1-3) God says to His people, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

It is easy to focus on the storm or difficulty, as the disciples displayed in John 6. But Jesus made His Presence known to them, and He will do the same for you. You have to purposely look. When trials come, spend more time reading your Bible. God wants you to behold His trustworthy character. He has specific words that will bring you peace, comfort, strength and counsel. Also, look around. That song on the radio that ministers to your troubled spirit or that friend who calls to see how you are—that’s God working around you to make His Presence known.

And so, in times of trouble, look for God, and you will behold Him. His all-sufficient Presence is exactly what you need!

I praise You, Father, as my ever-present help in time of trouble.

Jan Burkhart

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