Where is God When We‘re in Trouble?
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1).
We got some bad news when my wife Liza was pregnant with Hannah. We discovered that Liza had developed gestational diabetes. The doctor told us that “Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that may occur during pregnancy. Diabetes means that your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin very well. Insulin is made by your pancreas and helps your cells use blood sugar (glucose) as energy…High blood sugar during pregnancy may cause your baby to grow larger than normal which may cause problems for you and your baby during delivery.”
So, what did that mean for us? Well, first of all, we had to spend an obscene amount of money (we didn’t have) on needles and other sorts of medical accessories. Liza had to prick her finger with a needle six times a day to check her glucose level, and cut back on sweets and various other kinds of foods. There was a possibility there could be complications with the pregnancy and the delivery of our baby. So where was God when all of this was going on? That brings us to the Word of God.
Where do you go to when bad things happen in your life? Unexpected problems, difficulties or trials and trouble? I’ll tell you what we do – we go to the Lord. He is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. As long as you and I are living on this sin-cursed Earth, bad things are going to happen. It’s a fact of life. Jesus Himself said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). If we can accept the fact that trouble’s going to come into our life, then we don’t have to let it overcome us. Consider the words of the Psalmist, and His trust in the Lord:
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” (Psalm 46:1-5).
No matter what happens in life, we don’t have to be afraid. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4). Even though our family was going through a difficult time, we were not afraid. We prayed to the Lord, and cast our cares upon Jesus, and believed that the Lord was going to heal Liza. We are happy to report – several years after the fact now – that Liza and Hannah are both alive and well and healthy, praise the Lord! God is faithful.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” (Psalm 121:1-8).
Pastor Chris Jordan