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April 4, 1991

Walking in Trouble

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Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. PSALM 138:7
We will walk in the midst of trouble. This is a reality we all know in our heads, but we have to experience it firsthand to really understand it fully. At best, life is difficult. Other times, it is desperate and even tragic. Markets change. Businesses fail. Relationships come apart. People lose jobs, their health, and their loved ones. Life moves naturally from order to chaos.
Some of this difficulty and trouble is merely circumstantial—it is just happening that way. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. We can wonder if God is still in control or if He really knows what is happening in our world. No matter how hard we try or how much we pray, the situation remains unchanged. In these times, He will preserve our lives. If we stumble and fall, we must get up and keep walking.
Some trouble is relational, caused by others who wish us ill. We live in a competitive environment, yet we follow a God Who serves. Often these two will come into conflict, and guess who seems to lose? We cannot expect everyone to like us. They won’t. We cannot expect to like everyone. We won’t. But when people are actively pursuing our demise, He is there for us. In these times He will stave off our enemies and save us by His hand. He is our Defender, our Shield, and our High Tower. He will rescue us from our foes, ultimately and here on earth.
But even so, like all believers, you will walk in the midst of trouble. The question is, How are you walking?

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