In Times of Trouble



“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

– James 4:8

In times of trouble, where is it safe to run? Do we run from Christ or to Him? Often times, we flee from danger, running into areas that seem safe. What space is really safe where Jesus is not found? Safety for the Christian is often found within the troubles. Our Lord is often discovered in the fire!

When Jesus was in His agony, the disciples eventually fled in fear when He was taken away, a reaction that is common in the life of many Christians. Our Lord was utterly alone. It is incredible how in His despair and loneliness, Jesus continued to display His love for us.  The Lord’s blood did not rush to His heart but came out through His pores. As if it was a vision of the blood, He would soon shed for the sins of the world.

Angels ministered to Jesus at the beginning of His ministry in the wilderness, and at the end of it in the garden. They were even present in His ascension. It is Jesus that can still “call for twelve legions of angels” and is the leader of the armies of heaven! May we be kept from imitating the disciples in times of trouble and rely on the resources of heaven by staying close to Jesus. If our Master was ministered to with such care, it would benefit us to keep close to Him. As C.H. Spurgeon wrote about the disciples, “Where else could they have been so safe as near their Master?”

“I have cast my anchor in the port of peace,

knowing that present and future are in nail-pierced hands.”

– The Valley of Vision

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