He Doesn’t Leave You in the Middle

29 05 2013

Trouble can come in many shapes and sizes. It rears its head in the form of a layoff or pay freeze. It shows up as an illness or broken down car. It appears as a rumor that threatens to destroy relationships. Regardless of how it is manifest one thing holds true — no one likes trouble.

The sad fact of reality is that we will all have trouble. In some way it will put its mark on all of us at one time or another (probably multiple times in our lives). And that can be a depressing thought. But if we look at just the trouble then we discount all of the things that the trouble can do for us. Of all the things that teach us in life…none is as good at teaching than trouble. It teaches us how strong we are (and you are stronger than you think). It reveals character. It does so many things that we can miss if we were to escape it.

I believe that all too often we ask God to take us out of the trouble we are in because it seems so unbearable at the time. We tend to have such a narrow focus because all we see is the pain of the trial. Because of the narrow focus (understandably so at the time) we think that we’re going through it alone. But there’s so many promises that show us that we’re not alone even in the trouble.

There’s not one place in Scripture that I can find where we’re alone in our trouble. There is, however, multiple places where it is stated that we’re not alone. Here’s just a few…

  • “…He will never leave you nor forsake you…”Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
  • “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18)”
  • “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)”

But though I see these verses…it doesn’t make any easier when I’m in the middle of things does it? The answer to that is a resounding, “NO!” And I’m sure that everyone can relate. What about when we’re in the middle of things? Is there something that we can cling to that will give us hope in the troubled times? That answer is a resounding, ” YES!” God never puts us in something…He takes us through it. While there are promises that He doesn’t leave us…there are more that say He’s walking through it with us.

David walked through some dark times. He understood this principle and wrote about it in Psalm 23:4. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” This is a picture of the shepherd guiding the sheep through a dark valley. There can be no guidance without the shepherd walking through the valley with the sheep. The truth in this is that God doesn’t send us in alone..He walks through the trouble WITH us. Look at Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” There’s a dual promise here. The first is that we will get through it. The trial will not destroy us. The second is that we’re not alone in the middle of it. God promises to walk through the trouble with us. So go ahead trouble…bring it on. While it’s not easy it will not destroy me. And I know that it only deepens my trust in the God who never leaves me in the middle.




4 responses

29 05 2013
Amanda Fuller

Thank you, Jeff. This was exactly right on for this season in my life. The season where “troubles” keep coming. I needed to be reminded of His promises today.

29 05 2013

It is certainly my pleasure. I’ve been praying for you my friend.

17 06 2013

I’ve loved reading your blog…..you have such wonderful words that carry great meaning…..my heart feels blessed having come across your site. Will be following, and looking forward to your future posts. God bless you : )

18 06 2013

Thank you so much for the kind words and the follow. I am glad that they touch your heart. That’s the goal. 🙂 Blessings. Jeff

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