Troubled About Troubles?

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Let’s face it: We all have our own troubles. If not now, sometime. Whether big ones or small ones, it doesn’t matter.  There isn’t anyone who isn’t troubled about their troubles. And talking about troubles, get a load of this sad story…

A story is told of a man who could not give a convincing explanation about his broken arm. He kept muttering some story about accidentally sticking his arm through his car window that he thought was down.

That’s the public version.

In private he confesses that it happened when his wife brought some potted plants inside that had been out on the patio all day. A garter snake had hidden in one of the pots and, later, slithered out across the floor where the wife had spotted it.

“I was in the bathtub when I heard her scream,” he related. “I thought my wife was being murdered, so I jumped out to go help her. I was in such a hurry, I failed to even grab a towel. When I ran into the living room, she yelled that the snake was under the couch.

“I got down on my hands and knees to look for it, and my dog came up behind me and cold-nosed me. I guess I thought it was the snake and I fainted. My wife thought I’d had a heart attack and called for an ambulance. I was still groggy when the ambulance arrived, so the medics lifted me onto a stretcher.

“When they were carrying me out, the snake came out from under the couch and frightened one of the medics. He dropped his end of the stretcher, and that’s when I broke my arm.” (Selected)

Needless to say, that man was really having a bad day. But any day is a bad day when you have troubles like that.

When we are troubled on account of our troubles, we wonder how we ever got ourselves into those troubles in the first place. Sometimes we bring on our own troubles just because we do not obey God’s instructions and then we get into trouble. Other times, troubles just seem to fall into our laps: We just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

But regardless how our troubles come, we realize that trouble is a part of life even from the time we’re born, for as Job opined, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble,” (Job 14:1, King James Version, KJV).

You may recall the popular song “Ya Got Trouble,” from the hit 1957 Broadway musical, “The Music Man.” I remember the 1962 film version starring Robert Preston who played Harold Hill, a slick talking con man posing as a traveling salesman who sells band instruments and uniforms.

Hill’s plot was to convince the citizens of River City that they could end youth corruption, represented by a pool table in the community, if they invested in musical instruments to form a boys marching band. Hill intended to collect the money the town raised and sneak out of town with it.

“Professor” Hill stirs the naive citizens to action with the song, “Ya Got Trouble,” a catchy tune with funny rhyme and nonsensical reasoning….”Ya got trouble with a capital ‘T’ that rhymes with ‘P’ that stands for pool….”

The film is a fitting portrayal of how trouble, with a capital “T” can get started. Human nature, the way it is, can easily be led into trouble through emotion, temptation, and plain ol’ ignorance.  But followers of Christ do not need to be troubled about such trouble for they have a Source that will help them overcome these situations. Just remember…

So if ya got trouble,
With a Capital “T”,
You can give it to Christ,
With a capital “C”.

Like the spiritual says, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen; Nobody knows but Jesus.” Only Jesus Christ will help us with our troubles because he is the only one who understands the root of our troubles—sin.  

Jesus was tempted like us yet was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He is the one who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for our sins. Galatians 1:4 says that Christ “gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father….” (See also 1 Peter 2:24.) Thus, he took our troubles upon him, putting them on his shoulders, giving us rest, restoration, and relief (Matthew 11:28-30). 

Jesus remarked that “each day has enough trouble of its own” so don’t worry about tomorrow, “for tomorrow will take care of itself,” (Matthew 6:34, New American Standard Bible, NASB). Jesus recognized the fact that trouble is a part of life. But if we worry ourselves into a big dither about tomorrow, we’re more likely to bring more troubles on our own.

This is where it takes belief and trust in God through his Son. In fact, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me,” (John 14:1). God not only knows the troubles we face but will deliver us from them. For as the psalmist declared, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” (Psalm 46:1, NASB).

By the way, in my Thompson Chain Reference Bible, “trouble” is rendered, “tight places”—a fitting description of the troubles we often find ourselves in. When we’re going through troubles, we can truly find ourselves in tight places—or, as we also say, some real big “jams” that seem impossible to escape.

When we find ourselves frantically struggling to get out of those troubles, it’s reassuring to know that God is with us through his Son, Jesus Christ. We need Jesus and the Power we receive in his name especially when troubles arise. For as Paul declared to the Corinthian church in the opening of his second letter,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ,” (2 Cor. 1:3-5).

Good News to YOU!
Pastor Michael

P.S. Here’s Selah singing, “You Raise Me Up,”

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