"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."