“Help from Trouble”


by Wayne S. Walker

     "Give us help from trouble; for the help of man is useless" (Psalm 60:11).  All of us, including Christians, face various kinds of trouble in this life.  We have to deal with sickness and sometimes even chronic bad health conditions.  We must watch loved ones grow old, become ill, and die, or worse yet, grow old, become ill, linger on, and suffer.  We may lose our jobs and face financial difficulties.  We can become involved in serious accidents.  Even Christians face situations where spouses leave or children rebel and cause heartache.  Furthermore, there is always the possibility of some sort of persecution for our faith.  As a result, we often feel alone and forsaken.

     Job was a person who by dramatic personal experience understood the fact that we have hardships and difficulties in life.  "Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble" (Job 14:1).  Yet, He still trusted in God, no matter what.  The songwriter asked the question, "Does Jesus care when my heart is pained Too deeply for mirth and song, As the burdens press and the cares distress, And the way grows weary and long?"  And the answer comes back, "O yes, He cares, I know He cares; His heart is touched with my grief.  When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares."

     While I have had my share of trials and tribulations in life, they have been rather light compared with others.  I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with a brother in Christ who has been a strong, faithful Christian for years.  At one time, he served as an elder.  His mind is still good, but now his body is suffering from a degenerative muscle disease.  Presently, he is still able to move around with a walker and can attend worship services, but many simple tasks, such as tying his shoes, are beyond his reach.  I can certainly sympathize with him, but it is hard for me to imagine a diagnosis which says that it will never get better but only get worse and worse slowly over time.  Yes, I know that God can heal in amazing ways, but sometimes He chooses not to do so (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).  However, He still gives us blessings to help us endure whatever our burden may be.

     Thus, when we face such troubles, we can choose either of two ways to go.  So many people react to trouble by asking, "Why me?", blaming God for their problems, and even turning away from the Lord.  Or we can use the troubles of life to draw nearer to God and let Him use them for our good.  "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience" (James 1.2-3).  Our troubles can either make us bitter or better.  When the going gets rough, the child of God will go to the Lord and ask Him, "Give us help from trouble."


2 thoughts on ““Help from Trouble”

  1. I stumbled upon your blog this morning and want to thank you. As a young Christian who is constantly around strongly denominational groups, I often begin to wonder if there are other people beyond my local church family who hold to the same faith. Your blog has uplifted me greatly.
    In scanning the articles you have written, I noted that you do not believe in the doctrine of original sin. Although I believe that original sin goes against direct teachings of Scripture, the majority of my friends do not. I've defended my convictions as best I can, using tools that I acquired while studying Calvinism last summer, but my pool of knowledge is running low, and I'm not certain where to look next. Could you suggest some books or scriptures that I might go to to continue my education on the subject of refuting the doctrine of original sin?
    Thank you so much. May the Grace of God be with you.
    ~Justyne Kayce

  2. It's difficult to know exactly what to tell you. Right now, all my books are in storage. I would suggest that you go to Truth Magazine book store ( http://truthmagazine.com will get you there–just click on the bookstore link) and you should find the names of several books that will contain information on the subject that you mention.

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