Rejoice in Troubles?

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19 (KJV)

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:19 (NLT)
 
 The Holman Christian Standard Bible renders afflictions as adversities 
 
Also consider… 
 James 1:2–3 (KJV)
 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

In the NIV renders verse 1 as “when you face trials of many kinds”. The NLT renders “when all kind of troubles come your way.”

Here are 2 certain facts that we can learn from these passages of scripture.

1. When trouble comes, God promises that he will deliver the righteous out of them every time.

2. When troubles come, we should count it all joy. Count it pure joy says the NIV and NLT says to consider it an opportunity for great joy.

It is an opportunity for great joy because God will deliver the righteous every time. Every problem that comes your way has a solution and each adversity or trouble that you face is an opportunity to win. An opportunity to see God move on your behalf. An opportunity to overcome and your opportunity for a testimony.

HALF OF THE BATTLE IS HOW YOU LOOK AT IT. HOW YOU APPROACH IT.

Are troubles and adversity your opportunity to win or is this the nail in the coffin that sends you under? How do you see it?
 One is a response of faith that looks to God and the other is a response of fear that looks at the circumstances.
 
 The Apostle Paul had a revelation about the adversities he faced. In II Corinthians chapter 10 we see Paul endured many troubles in his journeys. He was imprisoned, whipped, beaten and left for dead, shipwrecked and on and on. Then Later in II Corinthians 12 we learn that he was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass him which he asked three times for God to take it away but God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So Paul goes on to say.. “Therefore I will boast in my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Cor 12:7–10)

What were the weaknesses? It tells us in this passage. It is all the things that Paul went through. The insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties.

Unfortunately, religious teachings have taught that God sent sickness and disease on Paul (the thorn in the flesh.) However it is important to let the bible interpret the bible. The phrase “thorn in the flesh” or “thorns in your side” is used in Numbers 33:55 and Judges 2:3 referring to groups of people in both situations that would be thorns in the sides of the Israelites for years to come if they did not drive them out of the promised land. So we have no scriptural precedence that this refers to sickness and disease. Another religious misconception is that God is the one who did this. II Cor 12:7 tells us that it was a messenger of Satan, not God. It was sent by Satan. Apparently, there were demonic spirits that were assigned to harass, persecute, trouble and hinder Paul. How did this manifest? This messenger of Satan would influence people, in particular Judaizers and other religious people who stirred up the people to say that Paul was a false teacher. Influenced by demonic spirits, these people, relentlessly persecuted and harassed Paul many places where he went. Jesus told us that they that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. So God did not take it away but let Paul know that his grace was sufficient. Sufficient for what? To win, to overcome, to come out on the other side by the power of God. So Paul said I glory in these difficulties so that the Power of Christ may rest upon me.

Paul could testify… “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34:19 (NLT)

Through the tests, Paul had testimony after testimony after testimony of God moving on his behalf. Paul was shipwrecked BUT got rescued. He was imprisoned, BUT he got out. He was beaten and left for dead BUT God raised him up. Paul experienced many things but God came to the rescue each and every time.

My brothers and sisters, be encouraged because you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (II Cor 5:21). Next time troubles come, Rejoice. Begin to praise God. God will come to rescue you every time. Remember…

HALF OF THE BATTLE IS HOW YOU LOOK AT IT. HOW YOU APPROACH IT.
 Rejoice, this is your chance to have a testimony.
 Rejoice, this is your chance to win.
 Rejoice, this is your chance to the see the Power of God move on your behalf.

When Jesus healed the man in John 9: that was blind, the questions was asked, “who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus said neither the man or his parents sinned, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Rejoice, this is your opportunity to win!