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September 26, 2015

Text: “…and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.” Psalms 50:15

As human beings we are subject to woes, troubles, heartaches, illness, disappointments, financial reverses, wars, natural disasters, etc. Nobody is immune to such as these. The old adage “into each one’s life a little rain must fall” may seem trite, but it pretty well sums up the situation. It is not a case of “if” or “when” or “how”; it is a fact.

When such problems come upon you or me, when it is I who is distressed, then it gets personal and stressful.  Then  worry, sorrow, pain, and distress oppress our hearts, our souls, and our emotions. Our sleep may be disturbed or depression may come upon us. Every part of our lives suffers. Where do I turn for relief?   To whom shall I turn to get help and comfort?

Foremost, keep hope  alive!  Despondency is destructive to our well being. When we descend to the abyss of despair we are where Satan wants us to be. He wants  us to be hopeless and convinced we are helpless. God knows that hope is a strong remedy for our setbacks. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

God does love you and wants to aid and comfort you.  God has power to assist you, change your circumstances and restore your good spirits. How many times the Psalms report the prayers for help by the distressed!  King David reported many of his own prayers for comfort.  “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” Psalms 39:7 Begin with faith; continue prayer; be patient with God, and help yourself all you can.

Don’t return hate for God’s love and providence. The first reaction of some people is to blame God and desert him. Fair weathered friends have no persistence. Their faith in God wavers, then crashes. God must be trusted consistently. He is definitely in it for the long haul. Hang in there and keep working at it. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, not things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 Remember patience.

God hears and answers our prayers, so keep praying!  Prayer is good for you.  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians   It has a soothing and comforting effect all its own. But always remember that God has solutions for your situations. In fact, God has many other options for your problems of which you are unaware. Then let God handle your sorrows and woes in his good time.

“I will  rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hands of my enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.”  Psalms 31:7-8





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