Have Treasure In Trouble

I am sure you will agree that everyone has trouble from time to time but what many sadly do not know is that they can have some treasure while going through that trouble. This is possible if we follow certain precepts that our Creator has set in place.
Have Treasure In Trouble
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No one can escape trouble. It often comes to us in varying degrees whether we ask for it or not. When I was a youth I envied those that seemed to have successfully endured trouble and appeared to have been made better due to what they went through. Me? Until I surrendered to Christ I was emotionally unstable, nervous, and suicidal.

Upon receiving Christ as Lord and Savior I was blessed with His awesome peace which has grown over the decades. However, the trouble did not stop, yet by His grace and from His Word I learned that if we by

His direction and empowerment endured trouble (tribulation), if we remain in Him we will receive the crown of Life once we leave this world.

What about from now until a true Christian leaves this earth? Holy Scriptures like James 1:2-4 show us that as we cooperate with God through Christ He can use those troubles to develop godly character within us (NASB): “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

How do we go about cooperating with God? The epistle by the Holy Spirit through James continued (verse 5, NASB), “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Wisdom and knowledge go hand in hand and when God is the author and motivator of them we learn what we should do, by His grace to please Him.

We can discover how we can have treasure in trouble throughout the Holy Bible, and oftentimes it is illustrated in the lives of those who had faith in God and lived a life of faithfulness toward Him. David had trouble during his life, but by the grace of God he developed godly character and remained faithful to Him. Psalm 25 has plenty of excellent instruction for us in regard to having spiritual treasure in trouble. For the purposes of this message we will just look at verses 20 and 21 where we will learn of two main facets that will help us to have treasure in trouble.

I. The Plea 20a-c

“Guard my soul and deliver me; Do not let me be ashamed, . . ." (NASB)

“Guard my soul": The Holy Spirit directed David to plead with God to guard his soul. Devotionally we may consider the soul to be the seat of our affections, our desires. It may be viewed as that aspect of us that is neither our body or spirit, but does influence both and can be influenced by both. Like the mind it is a battlefield of the devil.

Hence, at the start of this psalm, by the Holy Spirit David wrote, “Unto You, O YHVH, do I lift up my soul. 2  O my God, I trust in You: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me.” Christ said in Mark 8:36-38, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 

Great enemies of our soul include the devil, his demons, and the world. Social creatures as we are, it is easy for many to be influenced by, and even spiritually succumb to, these forces. Therefore we should sense our need of God and cry out to Him to guard our soul. But that also takes cooperation on our part with what He desires us to be and do, which is presented in the second point.

“Deliver me": The Hebrew {1} here can mean to take away, snatch away, to rescue, recover, to deliver (from enemies or troubles or death) and can be applied in the sense to  deliver from sin and guilt. While David might have been thinking of human enemies, devotionally we need to apply this to sin and guilt. With that, I must think of the grace of Christ which delivers us from sin and guilt, for it is written in Romans 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.”

“Do not let me be ashamed": As stated, this connects with the first two verses of this psalm. Considering other portions of Holy Scripture, to avoid being ashamed means


we should examine ourselves for iniquity and weaknesses that would draw us into sin, asking God to cleanse us for His honor and glory.

II. The Plan 20d-21c

“ . . . for I take refuge in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You." (NASB)

The last part of verse 20 begins the second aspect in regard to having treasure in the midst of trouble. “For I take refuge in You” is rendered “for I put my trust in Thee (You)” in the Authorized Version (AV / KJV). No doubt the Hebrew as rendered “for I take refuge in You” indicates definite trust in God.

The key point is David willfully and purposely put his trust in God and not in others, including himself. This should be the immediate direction we take when facing trouble. God already knows about the trouble we are facing and we must trust Him to the point where we forsake our own self and be led by His Spirit to do all that will bring glory to His Name.

“Let integrity and uprightness preserve me”: When I think of integrity I must think of the holiness of God. All true believers in Christ have Him in their hearts and His integrity must be the foundation of our life. The life of Christ makes us then spiritually upright. For more of a description on that fact see my article, Release!, by clicking on the link below {2}. We exalt God by being spiritually upright.

Our spiritual preservation is guaranteed only as we choose to remain in Him. If we choose to remain in Him then, by His grace, we will be choosing the direction of life and godly actions that please Him. We cannot expect to be guarded or kept by God if we oppose Him, no more than a very young child can be protected by their parents if the child runs away from them.

“For I wait for You.": This is the third time “wait" appears in this psalm, the other two occurrences being in verses 3 and 5. I could say this speaks of patience, perseverance, or endurance, and it does. However, considering the whole context of the psalm I feel led of the Holy Spirit to think of devotion. Our devotion to God through Christ speaks of our love for Him.

Trusting Him in and through all things, including trouble, is a wonderful expression of our love for Him. It often encourages others to trust in Him and acquire a relationship with Him. Any relationship with Him needs to be one of full devotion. As one walks with Him, especially through troubling times, they gain spiritual treasure, and in these two verses we see we can have the treasures of protection, intervention, cleansing, deliverance, refuge, integrity, uprightness and more.

Notes:

{1} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{2} http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/release-message-luke-13-16

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by May 31, 2016 (hopefully much sooner) you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M403 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    God is testing us, he knocks on our hearts to see what the echo will be: will we be able to let go of our own wisdom and enter into his plan?
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  • rubyhawk  01-05-2016
    If we are alive we will have trouble, live and learn is an old saying and it's true.
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