The fact is: No one is immune from hurt or pain. Sooner or later everyone experiences adversity. No matter who you are, where you live, what age or stage of life you find yourself in, no matter how hard we try to escape it, no matter how hard we try to avoid it, WE’RE ALL GOING TO FACE TROUBLE.
Job said, “Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).
JESUS warned, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
In one form or another, trouble comes to every one of us. You can try to outrun it. You can try to outsmart it. But you won’t win. Sooner or later, trouble will come knocking on your door and all you can do is face it. It may be a phone call. It may be a letter. It may be a knock on the door or an unexpected visitor at your office.
The news may come from a friend, a relative, a work associate, a police officer, an attorney, a minister, or even a total stranger. But all of a sudden, before a word is spoken, your world is thrown into absolute chaos and confusion.
Bad things. Storms. Pain. Hurt. Tears. Tragedy. Sorrow.
They are inevitable. Unexplainable. Unavoidable. And the “WHY” questions start rushing through your head with relentless hammering. Why me? Why now? Why didn’t God do something? Why didn’t God answer my prayer?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why do people get fired? Why do people get cancer? Why do children ever die? Why do people in the prime of life, lose their mates to death? Why do good people get killed by drunk drivers? Why do tornadoes blow through a city and destroy the homes and businesses of Christian people? Why are there viruses that make people sick and take the lives of others? Why is there injustice, rage, riots and racism? Why?
Most of us can survive any storm as long as we can be assured of three things:
1. We must be convinced God cares and that He is aware of what we’re going through.
Hebrews 4:15-16, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
2. We must be convinced He is with us in the storm.
Hebrews 13:5b, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you’.”
Romans 8:35-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it written, ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The “WHY” questions start rushing through your head with relentless hammering. Why me? Why now? Why didn’t God do something? Why didn’t God answer my prayer?
3. We must be convinced He will bring something good out of something that is so bad.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
No one can escape bad things happening in their life. But every one of us can see good come from it if we will follow what the Bible prescribes in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and ...
He will make straight your paths.”
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.