In Time of Trouble, Say...
WHAT DO WE SAY to ourselves when we are in a time of trouble? How do we find encouragement when our troubles overwhelm us? Where do we find God in all of this?
Recently, I came across these words by Andrew Murray. Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a prominent Christian speaker and preacher in Europe and America. He was a minister to the missionaries.
One day in 1895 while suffering from back pain, (the result from being thrown from a cart in South Africa) Murray penned these words of encouragement in his journal.
In Time of Trouble, Say . . .
First, he brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest
Next, He will keep me here in his love, and give me grace to behave as his child
Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons he intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow
Last, in his good time, he can bring me out again – how and when he knows.
Let me say I am here
- By God’s appointment
- In his keeping
- Under his training
- For His Time
The story goes on to say that Andrew Murray had a visitor desiring a word. Bedridden, Murray tore out the freshly penned words from his journal and offered it as encouragement.
When I heard these words, I found them helpful for the challenges I am facing in my life. I hope they are of help to you as well.
They remind us that God is doing a good work in us through the challenges we face.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
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