Trouble (Proverbs #28)

Text: Proverbs 11:8

Trouble is common

  • Righteous delivered out of it that means he was in it.
  • Our lives are not insulated from the sin in this world.
  • One is moving in the direction away from trouble

The Lord uses trouble to the benefit of his people

  • Trouble keeps this world from becoming too attractive
    • The world is headed for disaster.
    • The Lord sees Job 42 way back in Job 1
    • Trouble shows the world for what it is
  • Trouble will help your prayer life
    • Your prayers will be more effective because of the trouble the Lord has allowed you to go through.
    • It has an effect on God because it has an effect on you
    • Do you know you can pray better about some things than someone else can.  Did you know you have more effect in prayer if you’ve lost a child and praying for someone who’s lost a child?  Because you can enter into that struggle and understand it.  That makes you better equipped to talk to God about it.
  • Trouble equips you for the office of sympathy
    • If the value of your life and God’s use of your life is in ministering to others, and it is, then equipping you for that office is going to require some trouble.
    • You can understand the suffering
    • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
  • Trouble reveals weakness
    • When the Lord tries your heart with some trouble, he wants to get a certain thing out of you.  But will use the trial to reveal to you your own weaknesses.  You understand he already knows your weakness and mine.
    • When God can really work is when you begin to realize your weakness.  Jesus said I didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance, I came to call sinners.  If you’re healthy you don’t need a physician.  You don’t need me if you think you’re OK.
    • Trouble can have the effect of purging away dross by bringing that dross to the surface so the Lord can deal with it.
  • Trouble reveals motives
    • If you’re motive is to please the Lord it will be hard to offend you.  Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them.
    • On the other hand, if you are easily offended it’s because your motive is wrong and you’ve got too much to lose.
    • Some folks stick around church for a while, seem real zealous, get real involved and say, “God’s calling me to this ministry in the church.”  And then trouble comes along in the form of them being told to do something they don’t like, or pressure in the ministry, or a little tiff with the pastor or a brother in Christ and suddenly God’s not calling them to be there anymore.  Suddenly God’s calling them to go somewhere else.
  • Trouble will redirect your attention to the Lord
    • Magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ
    • Daniel 3:24-25 Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fie?…He answered and said, Lo, I see four men..
    • God’s way of dealing with trouble is not to take it away, but to put something of himself in the mix so you see more
  • My grace is sufficient for thee
  • disciples on the wind and the waves – what manner of man is this?
  • Trouble can strengthen you faith

There is hope in time of trouble for the saints

  • As a child of God, the thing to remember in trouble is that it will be over
  • Blessed hope of the rapture means the disappearance of loved ones forever

We take issue with how the righteous are taken sometimes

  • Death is a defeated enemy.  God will use death to the benefit of the righteous.
  • 1 Kings 14:13 Abijah is taken because there is good in him.
  • Isaiah 57:1-2

The wicked has no hope, so long as he’s wicked

  • He is always moving towards trouble.
  • The Lord sees that big picture and considering the end I think sometimes takes care of the wicked so as to say when this is all over, I was good to you.  And it isn’t my fault you’re in Hell.