As we walk out the journey of life, some days we find trouble, and other days trouble finds us. We sometimes go places and do things that are not the wisest of choices. Other times, we are minding our own business, keeping our noses clean, when out of the blue, adversity and heartache stare us in the face. Take yesterday for example. Tens of thousands of people walked through the gates of the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus planning to enjoy a day of fun at the Ohio State Fair. For most of the attendees, trouble was far away, and the day was filled with happy memories, the ones so often posted on social media. But sadly, for a few, a day of fun quickly, and without warning, turned to tragedy when an amusement ride malfunctioned and came apart, killing one person and injuring seven others. Our prayers go out to all those affected by this day gone horribly wrong.
Life can be that same way. One minute the sun is shining, the very next, you find yourself in the midst of a dangerous thunderstorm. One minute you are sailing on calm seas, enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes blowing on your face, and then moments later, your boat is seemingly ready to capsize.
For those who are Christ followers, Jesus promises to walk with you and help carry your burdens. (Matthew 11:28-30). We are also told in Scripture that even when adversity in staring us down, when hurt and heartache are upon us, that we can have peace, knowing that God is with us every step of the way. Let us share two verses, both found in the Psalms.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” (112:7)
“God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (46:1-3)
So whether you have found trouble, or trouble has found you, turn to Jesus and ask Him to turn your fear into faith, and your anxiety into peace, a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
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