by Pastor David Grey
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah” — Psalm 46:1-3
I understand that Psalm 46 was a favorite of Martin Luther, inspiring him to write that wonderful hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Indeed, God is a stronghold and a tower. In Luther’s words, He is, “a bulwark never failing!”
Trouble comes in varying degrees to all of us. Some seem to have relatively little while a few seem to have more trouble than a human ought to be called upon to bear. Some have troubles they have brought upon themselves; they experience difficulties because they violated the principles and teachings of God’s Word and now suffer the consequences
I am not talking primarily about that kind of trouble, but rather about the kind of trouble that comes to us through no fault of our own or because we have obeyed God’s Word and someone out there doesn’t like it.
One thing is certain in this life and that is that trouble is part of it! Job said that, “man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7)