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How God Takes Care of His People Through Trials, Tribulation, and Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #14)

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TEXT: Psalm 62:5-8: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

The British explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton once told the story of how he and two others were traveling over the mountains and treacherous glaciers of South Georgia in the Antarctic in an attempt to rescue other members who had went on their South Polar expedition. He wrote in his diary, “When I look back at those days, I have no doubt that Providence guided us. During that long march of thirty-six hours, it seemed to me that we were four, not three. I said nothing to my companions on this point, but afterward one of them said to me, ‘Boss, I had a curious feeling on the march that there was another person with us.’ [My other companion] confessed the same… A record of our journeys would not be complete without a reference to a subject so very near our hearts”: Those who cleave to God will find that in the time of need He is ever near.

As we continue our series on Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible, we are looking at three ways that God sustains His children and lets them know that He is near to them in their time of trouble.

In our first message in this mini-series, we looked at how God sustains us by providing for our every need. The psalmist says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” The psalmist tells us that in the midst of his time of trouble, he will simply wait on God because he knows that God can and will supply for all of his needs. As Christians today, we have that promise as well. It is found in Philippians 4:13: “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” So, in your time of trouble, may I encourage you to just wait on God.

Last time, we looked at how God sustains us by reminding us of the benefits of salvation. David says, “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” When we are going through difficult times, the devil will often try to make us forget what God has done for us in the past, what God has brought us through, and what God has planned for our future. It is at these times when we need to be reminded of the benefits of the salvation that we have through Jesus Christ. Just as Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress sits and reads from the scroll that was given to him, we need to make it a habit to open our Bibles and be reminded of where we have come from and where we are going. God has provided His Word to sustain us by reminded us of the benefits of our salvation through Jesus Christ.

Today, I want us to look at how God sustains us by listening to our cries and concerns. The psalmist continues by encouraging us to “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” Here, we are encouraged to pour out our hearts to God in times of trouble. Never let the devil trick you into thinking that God is not listening to your cries and your concerns.

Some scholars believe that this psalm was written by David during the time of Absalom’s rebellion. Absalom, David’s son, had gotten many people in Israel to pledge their loyalty to him. He then raised an army and ran his own father out of Jerusalem. You can imagine David — the one personally selected by God to rule over Israel — feeling distraught during this time of trouble. But, David had had experience with God. David remembered how God had delivered him from the lion and the bear. David remembered how God had delivered him from the giant Goliath. David remembered how God had delivered him from the clutches of Saul time and time again. And so, David can tell the people who remain loyal to him and who are worried about the outcome of Absalom’s rebellion, “Trust in God at all times! Pour out your heart toward him! He is our refuge!”

Perhaps, like David, you are having trouble with your children. In the midst of your trouble, pour out your heart to God. Perhaps you are having trouble in your marriage. In the midst of your trouble, pour out your heart to God. Perhaps, you are having trouble financially. In the midst of your trouble, pour out your heart to God. Perhaps you are having trouble on your job. In the midst of your trouble, pour out your heart to God. Whatever it is, pour out your heart to God. He is listening, and He will be a refuge for you in your darkest hour. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 34 says, “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears… The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”

Before you get angry and bitter about the difficulty that you face, ask yourself: Have I cried out to the Lord? Have I prayed about my trouble? Have I talked to God about it? One stanza of the beloved hymn, “There’s Not a Friend Like the Lowly Jesus”, goes like this:

Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide us ’til the day is done:
There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
No, not one! no, not one!

Have you talked to Jesus about your troubles lately? Have you poured out your heart to God in prayer? There’s no need for you to go through life with your worries and concerns bottled up inside of you — not when you have the ear of the one who loved you enough to send His Son to die for you. If He did that for you, don’t you think He will sustain you by listening to your concerns, your worries, and your prayers?

Trouble is indeed a part of life. But, the good news for the Christian is that we do not have to face our troubles alone. God is with us through all our trials, tribulation and troubles and He will sustain us by providing for us, by reminding us of the benefits of salvation, and by listening to our concerns.

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.