Our hope in trouble

By Pst.Sam Ithiga

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

God is not just good because he keeps us out of trouble, He is good even when troubles comes because He is able to help us through it. Many of us would be happy if we never came across any trouble, however God still allows many hard things to come our way. Why? Doesn’t He want us to be happy? Is He not good? Here scripture affirms the goodness of God in the same line it admits the presence of trouble in our lives. 

In one of his books, John Ortberg shares the findings of an experiment that was done by the University of California at Berkeley which involved introducing an amoeba into a perfectly stress-free environment. Ideal temperature, optimal concentration of moisture, constant food supply, et cetera. The amoeba had an environment to which it had to make no adjustment whatsoever. So you would guess that this made the amoeba very happy. Whatever it is that gives amoebas ulcers and high blood pressure was gone. Yet, oddly enough, it died. Apparently there is something about all living creatures, even amoebas that demands challenge. Comfort alone will kill us.

Here is the point; God is good. And this good God cares for our wellbeing. God is also omniscient which means He knows everything, including what is best for us (even though we may never understand His perspective). Furthermore, He is also omnipotent which means He has all the power to keep us. Do you trust Him? Consider what He has done for you, including sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that your sins can be forgiven. If God did not spare His Son but gave Him up for you, how much more along with Him will He give you all things? No good thing will He withhold from you. Trust Him & let Him be your refuge today. 

Prayer: God, I know you are good. In my trouble help me to trust you and make you my refuge rather than begrudge you for the situation I find myself in. The bible tells me that you care. Let that comfort me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.