Trouble & Deliverance
Posted: Thursday, February 14
Verse of the day:
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
(Psalm 34: 19-20)
When we face trouble in life, we tend to be tempted to walk away from the God. A thought may come into our head that says: “I’ve been serving God so faithfully…why didn’t He prevent this difficult situation from happening?” It’s as if we think our faith in God should prevent us from facing hard situations. Psalm 34:19 derails that train of thought. In fact, both the New Living Translation (NLT) states the opposite:
Psalm 34:19 - The righteous person faces many troubles… (NLT)
The English Standard Version is even blunter:
Psalm 34:19 - Many are the afflictions of the righteous… (ESV)
However, the second part of this verse makes it clear that someone who continues to walk with God will be delivered from those troubles. Beyond that, it says our bones will not be broken, meaning no circumstance will ever be able to completely crush us. This is a comforting thought. Yet, the question is whether we will decide to have confidence, or faith, in God’s ability to deliver us and keep us from being crushed during times of trouble?
We know that our faith in Christ’s death on the cross has forever delivered us from the consequences of sin, and provided us with a hope of eternity in heaven with Him. God also cares about our well-being on earth. If you feel like you haven’t been delivered from a troubling situation yet, trusting that God will rescue you can help give peace through the situation. That trust in God’s deliverance may also give you a new perspective on the situation. Ask the Lord’s help in giving you the right mindset for whatever you are facing. Perhaps you’ll discover that while the trouble is heavy, it hasn’t crushed you.