In Times of Trouble

By Pastor Vernon Onrubia

Psalms 91:15 says, “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” What does trouble mean? Trouble is a difficulty or problem, it is a very distressing and discouraging situation, which sometimes even turns into a matter of life and death. Everyone has troubles. But in Christ Jesus, you are more than conquerors. In Psalms 6:6, David says, “I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.” Serving God is a delight in itself, but it is not without troubles too. God is always ahead of you in this matter. So expect a victory even when all you see is defeat.

Psalms 6 is one of David’s lamentations. It is like the book of Job. Bible commentaries on this chapter say that David was experiencing sickness of the body, trouble of mind arising from the sense of sin and the insult of his enemies. In the book of Job, he described his troubles as full of pain, groaning, suffering, his worst nightmare, no rest and full of turmoil. David experienced so many troubles in his life. He was betrayed and even dethroned. But he stood strong because of the presence of God in his life. Paul also experienced a”thorn in the flesh.” But Jesus said His grace is sufficient for him. If great men of the Bible experienced troubles, then there is no exemption. Troubles will always have a purpose. Romans 8:28 says, “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.” He wants to teach you something all the time.

What should you do in times of trouble? In Genesis 50:20, Joseph declares, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” You know the story. Joseph was sold as a slave until he reached Egypt. His journey was not easy but God was moving in His life even when he did not know it. Joseph said all his trials were used by God to save many people. Habakkuk 3:17-18 says, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Even if the trees bear no fruit, Rejoice in God. No matter what the situation you are facing right now, what is that to you? Follow God, serve Him always and worship the living God.

For some people, trouble becomes an oppressor; but to others, they are an opportunity to learn and to grow. Jesus is the light, and those who live in the light never live in darkness. That is why you should not consider your troubles as dark situations because Jesus is in you. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my w