Revelation 15; Esther 6:14-8:17; Psalm 107:1-22
People have different reactions to troubles and difficulties that come their way. Some will look at their troubles and decided that God has treated them wrong and they want nothing to do with Him again. Others will look at their troubles and decide that their only hope to recover from those troubles is to turn back to God.
How do you react when those troubles come? Speaking honestly, I have reacted both ways. I remember telling God that I wanted nothing to do with Him after a long series of difficulties came my way. I think God laughed as He drew me back with His love. Some however, become so bitter and hopeless that there seems to be no hope. For those people, we should understand, forgive, and pray.
Psalm 107 begins by talking a lot about people who turned to God in their distress. This story is echoed a number of times. “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.” (Psalm 107:19) In their troubles, they sought God. He saved them. Only God can help when people are in such distress. And God WILL help us when we turn to Him.
The truth is that we all have troubles. In some cases we are innocent victims. In other cases our troubles are caused by what we do, or don’t do. In all cases, when we turn to God, He watches over us, cares for us, and deals with our troubles.
Lord, thank You that when troubles come You are ready to come as well. Remind me of Your presence and Your protection at all times.