April 23, 2020

Today’s Promise

When Trouble Comes, I Will Call on the Lord

Psalm 86:7

In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, For You will answer me.


When you face a major problem or issue, do you respond with worry and fear, do you complain, or do you call upon the Lord?

The Day of Trouble

No matter who you are, there will be days of trouble. Sometimes you have caused them, and sometimes trouble just seems to show up at your door.

Right now, you may be in a day of trouble. With all the layoffs, furloughing, and business closings, there are a lot of us who are facing days of trouble. Your day of trouble may be that your life savings have taken a significant hit over the last few weeks or that for the first time in your life, you are trying to teach your 4th grader math.

Three Choices

Since all of us are going to face a day of trouble, how should we respond? 

The first way you can respond is with fear and worry. You let the “what if?” train run through your mind. What if I lose my job, what if we can’t make the car payment, what if I’m stuck in this house forever. The “What if” train is long and fast, and once it gets going, it is hard to stop.

You can also respond to the day of trouble by complaining. It is easy to say; this isn’t fair, I don’t deserve this, it’s not my fault and on and on. The “complain” train runs just as fast and is just as hard to stop as the worry and fear train.

Call on the Lord

However, the third way you can respond is to call on the Lord. King David had his share of troubled days. Before he became king, Saul had placed a bounty on his head and was out for his life. He had faced wars, enemies, and even betrayal and murder in his own family.

Yet David had learned the secret when facing days of trouble. David called upon the Lord. He knew that when He called upon the Lord, God would answer. 

When your day of trouble comes, call on the Lord. God will never leave you to face your day of trouble alone. He is ready and will answer you when you call on Him.

Look at that promise again.

In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, For You will answer me. – Psalms 86:7 

Make These Confessions.

  • When trouble comes, I will not fear or complain.
  • When trouble comes, I will call upon the Lord.
  • When I call upon the Lord, I know He will answer me.
  • God will never leave me to face my troubles and problems alone.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

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When have you called on the Lord and found Him to answer you? Share your story in the comments below.