Trouble – Psalm 91:14-15

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As we read Psalm 91 and look at the troubles in our lives, our temptation may be to think, “I wish I had that kind of faith. I must not have what it takes.”

However, look closely at what God says about the Psalm 91 believer:

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”

Psalms 91:14-15

This tremendous believer remains in the protective shelter of the Most High, abiding closely to the Almighty in His shadow. Yet, sometimes he needs to be delivered. There are times when he is in trouble and needs to be rescued.

Troubles Don’t Diminish God’s Love

The Psalm 91 believer is not immune to life’s troubles. However, he still loves the Lord and knows His name. He makes it his business to seek God and know Him.

The only way we can get to know God is how we get to know anyone – through conversation, by listening to their words. God speaks over 700,000 words to us in the Scriptures. Whenever we open the Bible and read, He speaks to us, ready to reveal Himself and give understanding to those seeking Him.

“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.”

Proverbs 8:17

Trouble Is Promised

We live in a fallen world with an adversary seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. So, yes, we will have troubles, just as Jesus promised.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

We Have THE FAITH of Christ

We may be tempted to worry that people won’t think we have faith when we endure tribulations. But nothing could be further from the truth. As believers in the Lord Jesus, we have received the faith of Christ.

Before we believed on Jesus, we were hopelessly lost. Not only did God extend His grace toward us for salvation, He even had to give us the gift of faith to believe!

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

Ephesians 2:8

The word “that” in the above verse doesn’t refer to salvation or grace. It refers to the faith that is not of ourselves. The faith of Jesus Christ is God’s gift to us.

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.”

Romans 3:22

Our Great Exchange

When we receive salvation, we make a great exchange at the foot of the cross. We exchanged our righteousness for the righteousness of God. How righteous is God? That’s how righteous He made us spiritually.

We also exchanged our faith and trust in this world for the faith of Jesus Christ. How can we say, “I wish I had that kind of faith,” when we’ve already got it? Like it or not, we have the faith of Jesus Christ!

Count It All Joy

The Lord doesn’t only tell us we will encounter trials in this life. He tells us to consider it all joy.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

James 1:2-4

Do you want to be perfect and complete, lacking nothing? Then consider all those trials JOY. Seek God in every one of them, and He will give you his master escape plan.

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

You DO Have “That Kind of Faith”

According to God’s Word, you don’t have any reason to look at another’s Christian walk and say, “I wish I had that kind of faith.” You have received the faith of Jesus Christ, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Keep seeking God in the Scriptures, asking Him for understanding. He will answer, for “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Don’t give up on God, for He will never give up on you – His dear child. He’s a Good Father!

And when times of trouble come, take heart. God promises to deliver you. When you call upon Him, He will answer you. He will be with you in trouble. He will rescue you and honor you.

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