Finding Hope in Times of Trouble
“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
When trouble comes, there are plenty of people who will give you advice on what you should do and how you should do it. There are even those folks who will be quick to tell you how you managed to get yourself into trouble. All of that advice can be bothersome and all of it is a reaction to what has transpired. Rather than continually dwelling on a reaction, I want to pose to you a plan that is proactive when it comes to trouble. This proactive approach moves us from the focus of what are we going to do and to the perspective of who are we going to trust.
I love the truth of Nahum 1:7. God is indeed good. When we step back and examine our lives we can clearly see all the good that God has done in each of our lives. Even though we have hard times, God is still present during those times. This verse in Nahum also provides the real secret in experiencing God through difficult times. That secret is to spend our lives trusting God for the daily details of life and even more when trouble comes.
In order to trust God daily, I am convinced that our focus must change. If you are like me, it is easy to become self-sufficient in how we live. I have found myself over the years depending on my own wisdom and judgment first before I turn to God for His wisdom. I am sad to say that when I have done this in the past that it has rarely worked for me the way I would want. Instead, I wind up frustrated and discouraged. I have come to the realization that I must change my focus off of what I can do and instead focus on what God can do.
Charles Stanley illustrates this well when he states: “When trouble comes, focus on God's ability to care for you.” What would it look like if we began to focus on God’s ability to care for us when trouble comes? Nahum 1:7 answers that question so beautifully when it says that the Lord is “close to those who trust in Him.” In essence, we will begin to sense and feel His presence and comfort.
I do not know what you may be facing today but I believe that we all need the strong refuge in God that Nahum 1:7 promises when trouble comes our way. Truly, our hope should be in the Lord on good and bad days. I have seen in my lifetime just how good God is and how much of a refuge He is when trouble appears.
I have come to the realization even though I have to be reminded at times that my focus must be on trusting God with my everyday life. It is inevitable that trouble is going to come our way in this life so let’s begin to be proactive with our faith by choosing a lifestyle that ensures that we stay close to God.
For those of you today who may be in the midst of trouble, I pray that you will sense God’s presence and God’s provision as He enables you to weather the storm!