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Fred Johnson

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God is our refuge and strength! 


As a visiting minister, I hear this question all of the time "Why doesn't God help me in my troubles?" This is a legitimate question to ask. A lot of old and new Christians tend to be afraid of asking God why, or ask God to resolve their crisis. They think I do not have enough faith or I would not go through this. Or I do not want others to know, for they would think badly of me or that I caused it. Or you use the crisis to grab the attention ourselves.


If you are going through tough times, you need to know why, and what you should do when you are in them. If not you can become confused, frustrated and disillusioned. Yet in the Psalms you see David go through so much and still trust and obey more than most of us could ever do. Yet David does ask God the hard questions, but he did not stop there. David also knew God intimately and trusted him wholeheartedly even in times of severe trials, and even going through them again and again. Just read though the Psalms, and see David's passion and conviction to God's call.


You must first adjust the way you perceive life. Even as Christian sometimes you have faulty views and expectations you pick up by listening to bad teaching and bad advice and then there is the influence of our culture. First of all bad things do happen! And they happen to good Godly people. You will go through trials, troubles, and tribulations. So what you have to do is figure out what you do when it happens.


What lesson do you learn from it, how do you grow better so you do not become bitter. You need to see His promise:


Read Psalm 46: 1 to 11

1(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.


God does not look upon trouble as you do. Where you see stress he sees opportunities. Where you see crisis, He sees growth and betterment. God's purpose in times of crisis and trouble is to teach His children precious lessons. You can learn to make your life joy filled by seizing the crisis and growing from it. To become the person that you are capable of being for our benefit and His glory.


So when God tests you, or bad stuff happens, you need to see it as a time for you to learn and to trust Him by changing what is wrong with you and putting His promises in your heart. And when it is over you can look back and see that your trials have been necessary. You are better, He is glorified!


I do not like going through trials, and I try my hardest to get out of a trial. And then be thankful that it was over. But they keep happening and happening, so I have to rethink my strategy from my purpose to what has revealed in His Word. And that is to recognize the crisis as a challenge from God to learn valuable lessons to make me grow in maturity and strength. And then I was receiving a better blessing than I ever had before. As stated in I Chron. 4:9-10, as the ministry He entrusted me with grew and grew. I can praise His name in deep suffering and delight in the blessings. And when those storms of trials and crisis come, I'm prepared, because I now see them as opportunities to gain more strength and maturity, and even obtaining a larger measure of Divine grace. Thus our adversity can and will become our tools to grow and learn to be our best for His highest. So things that are seemingly against us, He will turn around in His time and way. You have to get out of His way and allow Christ to work. And this is how you become more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Rom 8: 37-39)


To be a content Christian and happy with life, you need to see life as a series of problem solving and learning opportunities. Because the problems you face will either overwhelm and overpower you or grow and develop you. Thus, the path of joy is determined by how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people, Christians included, will fail to see God's hand in their life. Choosing instead to focus on their problem and allowing it to take over their lives

God wants to use your problems for good, to make you better and stronger for your personal development and in turn for you to be able to help others in their lives. So you as an unhappy, confused and disillusioned Christian will react irrationally with their problems rather than taking the time through spiritual discipline to see the advantage they bring them. So what can you do to refocus ourselves onto the right path? 

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