The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all; Psalm 34:17-19
It’s very easy to think that this verse says that you will not have troubles, but it’s not saying that at all. Read the first part of verse 19 to confirm. It’s saying that He is able to deliver you from those troubles. Marriage woes and hurts, children rebelling, no job, mismanaged finances, belligerent co-workers, dysfunctional family relationships, acts and slander committed against you. These are but a few of the troubles we face regularly. There are any number of reasons why we’re going through them: wrong choices, bad thinking and planning, bad economy, and sinful acts by others that are out of our control.
So when you call out to God during those troubles, He is there. He will encourage, comfort, and deliver. What that all looks like is very different than what we expect it to be. Often, though, the biggest encouragement we can get in our troubles is peace. It’s the peace described in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It’s this peace that we so desperately need to rule in our hearts. It’s the true peace that will comfort.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15