TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, May 20, 2020:
Annoy; disturbed mentally or physically; worried; discomfort; distress; a cause or source of affliction.
The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Life is not without its trouble. Even good people, yes, even those who are following the Lord are not exempt from problems and troubles. In the last few months, the whole world has been facing trouble, believers and non-believers. Many people today are running from some sort of trouble. Most of the trouble that they are running from was caused by their own actions. We cannot forget that we are living in an evil society where so often anything goes in life and the wicked seem to prosper.
In life we have the opportunity to choose one of two paths. The first choice we have is known as the path of righteousness. The second choice is the path of wickedness. Neither path is trouble free. To walk the path of righteousness you have to make a choice to follow Jesus. To walk the path of wickedness you just follow the crowd. We go about our own freewill also by choice. Choosing not to follow Jesus keeps you on the path of wickedness. Since we were all born in sin we will walk in sin until we meet our Savior.
In Proverbs 34:18-19 it reads that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted. A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord is able and willing to deliver him from them all. The wicked because of their own sinful ways bring more and more trouble upon themselves.
David was no stranger to trouble and suffering even though he was righteous. In Psalm 22:11 (above), he recognized that God was the one and only one that could deliver him from trouble. He called on God to be near to him because he recognized that no one else could help him.
When you make your decisions based on what you want to do, you will find that there is no right or wrong. Everything you choose to do will seem right in your own eyes. This is how trouble begins in one’s life.
There are so many troubles that we face in life and the only way we can overcome these troubles is to count on God being our source of help. When troubles overwhelm us, our faith can waver and we may even begin to doubt if God ever cared. This is just what Satan wants us to do. To strengthen our faith, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and focus on His power and not on our inadequacies.
Psalm 60:11-12 clearly wisely instructs us to call on the Lord to “Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain victory, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.”
Real help in times of trouble comes only from God. When a situation seems out of control from a human perspective, we can trust God to do mighty things if we call on Him in faith believing.
Our memory verse this week is found in Psalm 66:20.
Praise God! He did not turn away from me, He listened to my prayer. He continues to show His love to me.
My prayer is that You will stay close to me and give me victory over the troubles of this evil world. Thank You for the assurance from Your Word that You will be with me in times of trouble and that You have the power to deliver me from trouble.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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