Psalm 46:1-11 –

[1] God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

[2] Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

[3] though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

[4] There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

[5] God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

[6] The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

[7] The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

[8] Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

[9] He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

[10] “Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

[11] The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

God is our hiding place and our ability to handle great difficulty. Why isn’t He our escape from trouble? Why, if He is so great, is He not our Preventer of bad things from happening to us? The Bible is crystal clear that God is in sovereign control over everything. Everything. Why doe He only help us in trouble then, and not stop the trouble from coming in the first place?

1) Who are we to talk back to God? – Romans 9:20.

2) A faith that cannot stand the troubles of life is no faith at all and our trials are meant to be a strengthening of our faith – I Peter 1:7.

3) Jesus suffered much in order to bring us to God and we are called to follow Him – Mark 8:34-35.

4) Sin has messed up the world big time and it will not be completely without trouble until Jesus returns and sets everything right again – Matthew 24.

5) Easy living is bad for the soul. If there were no troubles there would be no believers at all – Luke 18:25.

6) The absence of trouble would be a sin free world and it is not time for that yet – Acts 14:22.

7) If all believers led trouble free lives the rest of the world would want to believe for all the wrong reasons. They would want the easy life it brings and that is not true faith.

8) Tragedies thrust people to God in ways that nothing else can.

Sin has messed up the world big time and the mess will not be cleaned up until Jesus returns and sets everything back tot he way it was meant to be in the beginning. This is the certain and sure hope for those who believe and it is better than if everything went the way we want it to all the time and it is better than a perfect world now without a return of Jesus necessary to come and fix things.

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