The Lord--An Ever Present Help In Trouble
 By Rich Carmicheal

    The Lord does not promise that life will be without problems. To the contrary, Jesus plainly states that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33). These troubles can come in various forms including persecution, rejection by family and friends, hardships, trials and temptations. Some of these troubles are the natural result of living in a fallen world. Some of them develop as the result of sin, whether our own or that of others. Some troubles are the result of spiritual opposition to our faith. And some troubles come into our lives as disciplinary measures designed to help us develop spiritual maturity. In any case, we often find ourselves in great need of help and deliverance. Perhaps you are currently in a season of great difficulty and need.

    Even though the Lord does not promise a trouble-free life, He does promise to be with us and to help us as we face trouble. For example, He declares, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you..." (Isa. 43:2). The Psalmist echoes this truth when he writes that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging" (Psa. 46:1-3). The Psalmist then re-emphasizes the source of his confidence: "The Lord Almighty is with us...The Lord Almighty is with us" (Psa. 46:7,11). In the twenty-third Psalm, David reassures us that even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we do not need to fear evil, because the Lord is with us. And the writer of Hebrews adds, "...God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid...’" (Heb. 13:5-6).

    What an awesome thought: The Lord is with us...He is an ever present help in trouble! Are you presently in the midst of trouble? Then look unto the Lord and place your confidence in Him. He desires to be our refuge and our ever present help in trouble. And not only does He desire to help, but He is more than able to help us in any situation. He is able to comfort us in our troubles (2 Cor. 1:4); to rescue us from trials (2 Pet. 2:9); to make all grace abound to us (2 Cor. 9:8); to meet all of our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19); to sanctify us through and through (1 Thess. 5:23); to encourage and strengthen us (2 Thess. 2:17); to protect us from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3); to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9); to equip us with everything good for doing His will (Heb. 13:21); to restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast (1 Pet. 5:10); to keep us from falling and to present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy (Jude 24); to give rest to all who are weary and burdened (Matt. 11:28); to give us peace that transcends understanding (Phil. 4:7); to rescue us from every evil attack and bring us safely into His heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18); to prevent us from being tempted beyond what we can bear and to provide a way out of temptation so that we can stand up under it (1 Cor. 10:13). The Lord is able. As a matter of fact, He is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" (Eph. 3:20).

    Do you need strength? Courage? Peace? Rest? Forgiveness? Comfort? Provision? Encouragement? Protection? Spiritual victory? Restoration? Direction? Then look unto the Lord. He promises to be with His people. He is an ever present help in trouble.

    "For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock" (Psa. 27:5).

    "Come near to God and He will come near to you..." (Jas. 4:8).