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TROUBLE DON'T LAST ALWAYS
Have you ever met someone that seems to always have trouble? No matter what they do or what they say, it turns into trouble. You see, trouble is one of those things that look you up in Google, knock on your door and invites itself in.
It can come in the form of money trouble, job trouble, family trouble, car trouble, children trouble, marriage trouble or just having trouble living day to day. Trouble is anything that causes difficulty, worry, and inconvenience, or that prevents you from doing something.
The thing about trouble is, it doesn't care what size you are, what color you are, what your gender is, or your financial status. Trouble is an expert at bringing stress, worry and depression. It can make the calmest person feel defeated, and ready to throw in the towel.
I've learned that people don't always say they are in trouble but may use phrases like; in a fix; in the doghouse; in hot water; in a jam; down and out; finished; defeated; or, just frustrated. It doesn't matter what you call it, nobody likes trouble. But I have some good news for you, trouble don't last always.
When I feel myself anxious over something, or don't know what to do when there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day, I've learned to pause and do three things:
Stop and Pray. Prayer is still powerful. There's something about laying my troubles at the feet of Jesus that's comforting. Most things we fret over, we can't fix anyway. But, remember the one that has all power in His hands can do everything.
Turn to Scripture. Most of us have found peace in reading the Bible. It is there I am reminded that the Good Shepherd is with me always. It is there I am told God's plans for me are to bless me and not harm me. It's there that I find the faith and perseverance of those before me.
Praise God! Scripture tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not yet seen. Faith is believing even before you see the manifestation. So, in my faith I begin to praise God! I start thanking Him for fixing whatever troubles I have, I sing and shout, so the enemy can hear my praise. I thank God for the victory before my troubles go away. In my praise, I am reminded that for everything there is a season, and my troubles are only for a time.
Saints, we have to remember God never leaves us in the same place. When I look back over my life, I can see victory after victor. So today I sing.....I'm so glad trouble don't last always. Hallelujah!!!
Rev. Fran T. Cary
Midwest North District