October 3, 2018

A Strong Refuge When Trouble Comes

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 3, 2018

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

Trouble is a stalker who lurks in the darkness waiting to pounce on his prey. His hunger for confusion and division is never satisfied. When a beautiful garden ready for harvest is ravaged in the night by varmints, so our life can be a beautiful display of God’s grace and overnight, be ambushed by an unsuspecting enemy. Trouble uproots a weak faith, whose shallow depth of understanding in the ways of the Lord are replaced with disillusionment. After all, “Aren’t good Christians protected, even exempted from trouble?” No. Trouble is our opportunity to trust.

Nahum picks up 100 years after Jonah left off, for Nineveh’s repentance was short and shallow. A nation who had once repented now drifted back into rebellious ways void of God’s ways, and a stubborn self reliance that resisted trust in the Lord. The Almighty’s patience ran out, so He sent His prophet Nahum (whose name means burden) to deliver God’s message of judgment since Nineveh’s sin had become a self inflicted burden. Thankfully, even in the middle of the Lord’s discipline, He is still good and is a refuge in times of trouble for those who trust in Him.

“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction” (Psalm 1:6).

Are you troubled over the calamity in our nation or do you fear an economic downturn? Are you weary over work related matters or filled with turmoil over a fractured relationship? Whatever trouble troubles you—the Lord’s refuge of care and concern is available. But refuge in Christ comes with the price of trust in Him. You will remain vexed if you attempt to give verbal compliance to faith in Jesus, but by your actions, you still strive without surrender to Him. Trust in God has no accomplice, we turn over our doubts and despairs in exchange for dependence.

Trust is the hard work of being a surrendered follower of Jesus. When life’s sky is blue, the wind is tame and creation is on our side—we celebrate the beauty of our Lord’s creation. But, when a storm of life is brewing, dark clouds are convening and drops of rain begin to fall—we can still celebrate the trustworthiness of our Savior who walks on the water toward us when the seas of sin are raging, when we have a sinking feeling and are cowered in the corner of our boat of fragile faith. Let Christ care for you, release your fear and receive His courage. Let go of your helium balloon of unbelief before it lifts you away from Christ’s love. Trust your good God, rest in His refuge.

“Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast” (Psalm 22:9).

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I trust You are my refuge of strength during times of trouble and during uncertain time, in Your name I pray, amen.


Application

What troubles do I need to entrust to the Lord for Him to accomplish His good will?


Related Reading

Ruth 2:12; 2 Samuel 22:3, 31; Psalm 36:7, 46:1; Matthew 14:22-33


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