The next time you face trouble. Let me encourage you to think about the kind of mindset you adopt in your situation. When trouble strikes, do you immediately think about Jesus’ words in 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble”? Or does your mind promptly turn to one of the many promises of protection and deliverance in God’s Word? I believe that once you adopt a more hopeful outlook, you will be able to receive God’s absolute best in your situation.
The first thing we need to do to remain positive in times of trouble is to turn to the Lord in prayer. Scripture says: “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.” (James 5:13 NIV) When adversity strikes, do you run to the throne, or to the phone? Once we have failed to seek God first in a situation, we have already set ourselves up for defeat. The Lord may certainly direct us to others for advice or help at some point, but it is never His will for us to turn to others first. David, the shepherd-king, wrote: “In the day of my trouble I will call to You, for You will answer me.” (Psalm 86:7 NIV) When trouble hit, David didn’t despair, because he knew that he had options. He could call on the Most High God, with whom he had a personal relationship, and he could expect a divine, custom-made solution to his problem. You and I can have this same kind of assurance and hope. The Bible tells us that the Lord called David, “a man after My own heart”. (Acts 13:22) I believe that one of the main reasons for this was that even though David had countless men, weapons, counselors, and other resources at his disposal, he didn’t depend on them for help or deliverance. He wrote, “Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless.” (Psalm 108:12 NKJV) If we rely on people or things for help, we won’t be able to keep a positive perspective on our situation for very long, because sooner or later, they will bitterly disappoint us.
Yes, it’s true that Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” But that’s not the end of the story. He went on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV) In other words, even though we will face difficult times before we get to heaven, we should be encouraged by the fact that our union with Christ will enable us to overcome whatever comes our way. The Lord has given us the privilege of prayer, and the power of His promises, along with a host of other resources, to help us face our troubles with hope in our hearts. Let’s make the most of these heavenly resources, so that we may be a beacon of hope to others, and become all God created us to be!