“Yet Trouble Came”

 

There were twenty-five thousand participants and 500,000 spectators involved in the 2013 Boston Marathon. For some this is an annual activity but for others this was a once in a life time opportunity.  Some of the entrants were professional runners with financial sponsorships, while others were amateur enthusiasts who paid their own ways. Part of the group travels alone but many make the occasion a family event.

Many runners had finished the race and many others were in the process of finishing. The spectators enjoyed and encouraged the efforts manifested by each runner. It was in this time of joy that two bombs exploded and turned joy into sorrow.

The patriarch Job experienced a time of joy being turned into sorrow. For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.  I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came (Job 3:24-26).

In our words Job would say, “I was minding my own business and trouble came.” There are many who were at the Boston Marathon who are saying they were not causing any problems and trouble came. Each day many who are going about their normal walks of life have trouble come into their lives.

The question is not if trouble is coming, but rather what can be done? What can be done when trouble comes into our lives? What can be done before trouble comes into our lives? What can be done while trouble is in our lives?

We can know that trouble comes to everyone. Jesus did not stop the storms on the Sea of Galilee before they happened, but He kept safe those who were with Him (Mark 4:39).

We can know that when we walk with Christ that we are never alone, especially during times of trouble. Jesus did not just give us marching orders but He also gave a promise of continuous companionship. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:20).

We can know that with God we can overcome any troubles that come our way. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).

God warns of trouble and God gives the answer for trouble. Let us make sure that we hear and heed God.

                                                                                Tim

 

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