“Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses”. (Psalm 107:6) Oh, what a blessing it is that we have an approachable God. He’s a God who hears and answers our prayers! And what a blessed privilege it is to unburden our hearts before Him! Take note of the words: “then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble”. That troubled heart of yours gives you the irrefutable evidence and authority that you may go to God with it.
One of the best indicators of your salvation is your response to trouble. It demonstrates on which side of the line you are standing; with those who belong to Christ or those who don’t. God says: “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15). If you’re experiencing a “day of trouble“, you have an ample reason to call on God. It’s easy for us to be self-condemning when we have a “day of trouble“. We can be like Job’s friends who “write bitter things” even against ourselves (Job13:26). But if you can take those sighs and cries of yours and call on the Lord, then God has placed life in your soul. That cry in your soul to God in your “day of trouble” is evidence that He has made you alive by His blessed Spirit. Think of the approving seal that the Lord placed on the men in the Book of Ezekiel. It was given to those who sighed and cried because of the horrible things they saw and felt in themselves and in those around them. “And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel 9:4). Do you have that “mark” of sighing and crying unto the Lord because you’ve felt the deplorable conditions of your innermost being? If so, you’re among those on whom He’s set His seal.
The Greatest Blessing of Trouble
Some of our greatest blessings come in the form of sanctified troubles. Among their most notable fruits is that of keeping us from becoming too comfortable and complacent. Spiritual carelessness produces arrogance, materialism, carnality, and self-centeredness. A person may have a very formal devotional life, but be as cold as Antartica. Like icebergs, they are frozen stiff in their carnality. They take their frosty formalistic spirit with them everywhere they go. But Christ doesn’t allow His people to live in this barren, icy, frozen tundra of starchy devotion. He doesn’t let those that are His merely give lip service to Him and offer up dry prayers. He knows how easily we slip into a cold spiritual stagnation. He knows how fond we are of religious rituals and formalities. How easy it is for us to be proud of our works and with our own efforts. So, in His great love he allows us to experience afflictions, tests, and troubles. He takes us into the wilderness, allowing us to tread the paths of tribulation, and upholding us with His omnipotent power. And in the process, He stirs up a cry in us which he is sure to hear.