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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 8

A God in Time of Trouble – Psalm 3

More troubles than you think you can bear?
Have you ever had trouble that you thought was more than you could bear? Did other troubles seem to increase while you were trying to resolve that one? Do you ever wonder why so many troubles seem to happen at the same time? Did you answer, “Yes” to all three of these questions? If so, continue reading carefully.
It happened at a summer church camp. A college student struck out during a softball game. This upset him, so he hit the ground and broke the bat. Becoming more upset, he stalked off the field. In a fit of anger, he jumped up and grabbed a low limb on a tree. It broke, and he fell, skinning his knee. He became even angrier, jumped on his motorbike, and immediately hit a ditch, bending the front wheel so much that he could not use it. He probably wanted to shout, “LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me” (v. 1).
Sometime later the same young man stormed into the church one night. It must have been a bad day because he slammed the door, noisily jerked out a chair, flopped down, and slammed his Bible on the table. A missionary who really cared for him, looked at him and said, “Why don’t you leave your Bible here and go home? If you don’t believe that what the Bible says is good every day, in every situation, throw it away and quit coming to church! He calmed down and did not leave church that night. Instead, he learned to say, “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me . . . and the lifter up of mine head” (v. 3). This was true for an angry young man, and it is true for you and for me. “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill” (v. 4).
The angry young man matured, and God has taught him a lot of important lessons. He is now married, has three children, and is serving the Lord. It is amazing what the Lord will do in the hearts and lives of those who will accept His love!
“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me” (v. 5).