Trouble Overwhelming You? God is Waiting to Listen!

Sinking in the Mire of Trouble

Here Comes Trouble - Save Me, O' GodHas trouble filled your week? Ever feel overwhelmed with life? Maybe if not this week perhaps you have experienced times like these in the past. Times where the trouble was so great that gloom, despair, and agony seem to set in. Buck Owens and Roy Clark from the TV show ”Hee-Haw” (1969 ”“ 1992) used to sing a parody about such times. The poem mimicking its title; Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me, echoed itself as the lines go forth.

Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Deep, dark depression, excessive misery

If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all

Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Has your ”bad” times ever hit that level? This song was meant in jest but when life gets to that point it really isn’t a laughing matter. Over the years I have learned that the standard rating for each person’s idea of gloom and despair depends upon a person’s experiences and circumstances. So what one person deems as the bottom of the pit another may counter with a worse situation. The line, walk a mile in my shoes, really takes precedence when attempting to rate trouble.  It all boils down to the way an individual feels and how they deal with their circumstances.

The battle with life’s trouble and circumstances is certainly a delicate one and not something to be lightly taken. It is also not a new phenomenon. People through the ages have consistently met up with the hard times of life and situations that made them at least feel as if they were spiraling out of control if not actually doing so. There does however seem to be a common thread to those that can overcome it and that is having someone to talk with, depend upon, and trust.

Nobody Knows but One

Do you feel that nobody knows the trouble you’ve seen? You are not alone. People sang this song for many years before published as a spiritual in 1867, Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. For during circumstances in which you feel that no one can understand there is one who knows and that cares. For as the song goes;

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.

Nobody knows but Jesus.

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.

Glory, Hallelujah.

David felt his circumstances were out of control in Psalm 69. His emotions are raw and full of deep feelings as he cries out. The words are such that anyone who has experienced difficult times can fully identify with them. The emotions of sinking and feeling like you are going down at any moment are fully expressed in David’s words. But if you continue to read the Psalm until the end you realize that for all of his strong emotions that he is depending upon God. It is through his trust and faith in God that he places his full hope and firm confidence that good will result.

No matter how bad things are, it is God that you must continue to call upon in prayer. He knows your trouble and is waiting to hear from you. For when you feel alone, lost, and rejected, this is when you need God the most. It is He that you must depend and trust upon knowing that He is listening. Remaining faithful in your troubled times is the hope of the tomorrow. God is the only rescue and it is in trusting Him first that you will rise above the times of gloom, agony, and despair. Don’t turn from Him when you need Him the most instead cry out for He is waiting.

Focus Verse

Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Psalm 69:1 (NLT)

Trusting in the Trouble

It isn’t easy to trust in the trouble. It is our nature to try to solve the problem, fix the calamity, and seek out a solution on our own terms. But it is for this very reason that you must first turn to God. When you attempt to react to a crisis before seeking God first the floodgates of overwhelming anxiety rush in. However, if God is the focus when trouble arrives the feelings of gloom, despair, and agony won’t have room.

Save me, O God can quickly become your mantra when earthly things seem to devastate your life. By putting your trust in Him and seeking His help first, you remain fearlessly faithful. As Matthew 6:33 says, Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. When God is first in your life to fill your thoughts you begin to live your life in His character. Then when the storm winds blow you can stand strong knowing that God is in control.

Living in the Comfort of Trust

So live your life against the natural reaction and instead put your focus on Christ. Giving up the control is the challenge that pushes you to fall upon your faith and what you know of God. Remember that God is truly the only one who can rescue you from earth. It is most often in your darkest times of trouble that God makes His presence known abundantly. He is the source of strength and it is only through Him that you can receive new hope.

God cares for you so won’t you put yourself in His hands. Wait upon His timing knowing that something good is going to come from what only seems like gloom, agony, and defeat. He is ready to listen, so won’t you cry out to Him first?

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

Richard Bach

Extra Study

Psalms 6:6, 119:82, 123, Isaiah 38:14, Romans 8:35-39, 11:9-10, Philippians 4:4

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