Unfortunate Fortune (Part 1)

Monday, October 03, 2011

TROUBLE IN MY WAY

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8a)

Are you in trouble? Not the, who stole the cookie out the cookie jar kind of trouble, I mean are you in trouble? Does trouble have you fenced in with nowhere to go? If you’re not careful, trouble will try to knock you up-side the head, push you down, kick you while you’re down, yet trouble does not have to triumph over you. I can assure you, that once you start doing right by God, trouble will find a way to surround you like hungry ants at a picnic (2 Timothy 3:12)!

According to Merriam-Webster, trouble means to agitate mentally or spiritually, to inconvenience or put into confused motion or to mistreat or oppress. To be troubled means to be worried to the point of emotional problems. In the Greek language, to be troubled means, to crowd, afflict, or suffer tribulation due to the pressure of circumstances, or the opposition of persons.

Basically, trouble is a Bad Mamma Jamma!

We know from God’s Word, that He will provide a way of escape. Our way out, in the midst of trouble is realizing that we are not distressed. Issues may arise with trouble written all over them, but spiritually you won’t feel a thing. Consider yourself fortunate because you may be troubled on every side, yet you’re not distressed. In its original language, distressed means to hem in closely or cramp. Paul says you are NOT cramped; you are NOT closed in by trouble. Ultimately, trouble may surround you, but it cannot injure you. Trouble may try to oppress you, but it cannot flatten you. Trouble may try to confuse you, but it cannot render you emotionally broken unless you allow it.

Besides Jesus, if there is anyone we can look to for enduring trouble it is Paul. On countless occasions, Paul suffered hardship at the hands of man, just so that he could further the cause of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). Paul was a great example of strength, of amazing endurance, of seeing the good in the bad, of not being distressed in trouble, and of defeating satan with a mind of optimism. He obviously knew that through the grace of God he could endure! You may not suffer imprisonment, beatings, stoning, or shipwreck like Paul, but trouble can knock on your front/side/back doors and windows in the form of losing a job, being talked about, having your name dragged through the mud, being lied on or to, through sexual temptation, spiritual discrimination and/or pharisaical abuse in the church.

In 2 Corinthians 4:8, Paul alluded to being troubled on every side. This means whichever way he chose to turn he was surrounded by trouble. Trouble and his cousins, trial and tribulation have a way of ganging up on us. Trouble messes us up emotionally. Trouble embarrasses and confuses our mindsets about the God who can get us out of our situations. Trouble is in our way! So, how are you looking at your trouble? Is it through physical or spiritual lenses? The physical is what you see right in front of you; whereas the spiritual is what you know before you face the trouble. The spiritual lens allows you to see through the trouble because you know it is only temporary, light affliction (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

Because we are partakers of Christ’s sufferings we can rejoice knowing that when He is glorified, we will be exalted as well, to give God the glory. So look trouble square in the face and tell it to leave because your Father is protecting you. Trouble may try to close in on you and make you feel like you have nowhere else to go, BUT GOD has a way of showing up, as He’s always done, to remove you from those bad situations. God comforts us through His Word in the midst of our trouble. But not only that, to those that obey Him, He has given his Spirit as promised in John 14:15-18 to comfort us as well. We can rest assured that trouble won’t last, as long as God is in control.

The Unfortunate: that troubles in life are unavoidable.
The Fortune: that God won’t forsake you & overcoming troubles increases your faith.


Scriptures to Reflect on:

Psalm 46:1
John 16:33
1 Peter 4:13


Thank you:

For each of you that have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We pray for your strength and faith to increase as you walk in the purpose God has set for your life. Feel free to share your comments on "Trouble in My Way" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.


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2 comments

  1. I've been viewing my troubles as if God doesn't love me. I could never understand why so many bad things happen to good people. The hardest thing to do is to accept that troubles are going to happen. Thanks for gearing me on my way to change. It's not easy so I ask that you pray for me.

    Jean

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  2. Jean,

    We may not understand all the things God takes us through, but one thing we know about God is He is able to Get Us Through those things because He has gone on before us. If Christ died for us, (which we know He did) we can be sure that God does LOVE us (John 3:16,Ephesians 5:2, 1 John 4:9-10), and that is love we can bank on. You are in our prayers Jean and please don't hesitate to let us know if we can assist you in any way. May God Bless.

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