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In Times of Trouble

Those of us who are spiritual know that we should turn to God in times of trouble. But when we do turn to Him, do we expect that God will fix our worldly problems? If that’s where our comfort comes from, then we have not understood the message of God’s word. A constant theme throughout the Bible is that of a separation between earthly and spiritual things and that the spiritual things should be of more value. If we hold that belief, then we will find comfort no matter what this world brings. Jesus identifies His followers as not being of this world.

John 15:19 – If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

In the book of Titus, we are warned to avoid worldly desires.

Titus 2:12 – instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon tells us that striving for the treasures of the world is vanity and that we should live in a godly way, being content with whatever happens to us. In support of this, we find a verse in Matthew that tells us that our treasure should be in heaven, not on earth.

Matthew 6:20 – But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.

Look for comfort in what lies ahead of us if we have faith in God and His promises.

— Sebastian Stroughter   

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