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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Times of Trouble

Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors. -NLT

God never promises us a life that there will never be unhappiness or problems. He tells us that there will be troubles, but God is greater than any of lifes pressures.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,  as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Those who are faithful in well-doing need not fear those that are spiteful in evil-doing, for they have a God to trust to who has well-doers under the hand of his protection and evil-doers under the hand of his restraint.  - Matthew Henry

Be wise today and always - focus on God where all hope comes from.