Letter From Andy Diemer
July 28, 2021
The Day of Trouble
It is never far away, and it often shows up when you do not expect. I am talking about trouble. We all have some of it in our lives, and each day has its own amount. As Jesus Christ said, "In the world you will have tribulation" (John 16:33), and "sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34).
But Christ said in the same verse, "do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things" (Matthew 6:34). Does this mean that we should not prepare for trouble that we see coming? Well, no. For "a prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions" (Proverbs 22:3 NLT).
There is a day of trouble that is coming on the world, and now is the time to patiently prepare for it. The prophet Jeremiah warned us of what it will be like. He cried, "Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7).
If you want to be ready for that day of trouble, patiently prepare for it now while you have time. God says, "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55:6). Some will call on God only when big trouble comes, but God will not know them. The fact is, since each day has its share of trouble, you need to call on God now. That will prepare you for the day when big trouble comes.
The true worshippers of God will know where to turn in the day of trouble. That is because they turn there all the time. If you are doing that, He will deliver you. For "the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles" (Psalms 34:17). So, acknowledge God in all your ways; depend on Him for everything; and when trouble comes, He will be right there with you! God says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you" (Psalms 50:15)!
Call on God today while He is still near. And "may the Lord answer you in the day of trouble" (Psalms 20:1)!