The Trouble Is Good (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 64)
Psalm 119:71 (NLT)
My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
We don’t normally think of trouble as anything good. Many times, we automatically assume that if it’s difficult and things are not going as planned, then it must be something bad. But that is not always the case. Diamonds that are dug up out of the rough, hard dirt in Africa do not look on the surface to be anything of beauty. However, it is the pressure, fire, chiseling, and polishing that makes diamonds one of the most coveted items in the world.
It is the same with us as believers in Jesus. Trouble is one of the best things that can happen in our lives. David was anointed by God to be the king of Israel, but much of the Psalms are filled with his experiences and emotions surrounding problems that he encountered. If we read closely, we can see that trouble was never far from his life. And wouldn’t you feel it seriously unfair that all this time while you’re striving to stay on God’s side and follow God’s path, at every turn there is something or someone attempting to destroy you?
Here’s the deal: David, though he kept close to God, was still in distress and misery. But without the distress and misery in his life, David would have never been the great king of Israel that he was. And so it is with us. We gain advantage to make an impact for God in this world by embracing our trouble and affliction instead of running from it. It is in our time of trouble that we draw close to God and learn to stay close to God.
David could speak from experience when he said he had learned from his suffering. We will learn many good lessons if we open up our hearts and our minds to receive the message God is often trying to get across to us in the middle of our trouble. God sends trouble our way, not to hurt us, but to help us become who He wants us to become. We produce the “peaceable fruits of righteousness” when the pressure has been applied to our lives. We emerge refined after we’ve been through the fire of life.
When we experience suffering and trouble in our lives, it is not for us to try to escape. The goal is not for us to go through these moments, but to grow through these moments. For David, trouble was good. And for us, it can be good too, if we let it be. God has so much in store for us and so many blessings to bestow on our lives. There are some lessons we will never learn until we go through some pain. That pain contributes to our improvement and growth in grace and knowledge. Suffering gives us wisdom that we will only have on the other side of a dark night. If you’re going through trouble, don’t give up, instead be encouraged. It is all for your good and for God’s glory.
“Pressure produces diamonds and fire refines gold. If you’re feeling either of these, or both, don’t worry. It’s working for your good!”
— Chante Truscott