What God Does When You're in Trouble

Toward the end of a cruise, a man told one of the other passengers that he had been missing him at mealtime. "We've noticed your place is always empty," he said.

The man explained, "I know how expensive those seven-course meals are, so I've been eating bread and peanut butter in my room."

"Oh, the meals are already paid for!" his fellow passenger exclaimed. "When you bought your ticket, the food was included in the price of the cruise."

How terrible to miss out on all those free, gourmet dinners! Even worse is to be unaware of God's promise: "You will lack nothing," (Deuteronomy 8:9). He has provided all we need in every situation.

One of the best ways to come to God's table is to meditate on Scripture. For instance, Spurgeon's meditation in The Treasury of David on Psalm 91:15 is a real feast. The verse gives God's wonderful promise: "I will be with him in trouble." Consider these words of Spurgeon:

"No mother can equally sympathize with her suffering child as the Lord does with his suffering people. If all the love that ever dwelt in all the mothers' hearts that ever existed be united in one mother's heart and fixed on her only child, it would no more bear a comparison with the love of God to his people than the summer midnight glow-worm is to be compared to the summer mid-day sun.

"Oh, that delightful sentence! 'I will be with him in trouble.' At other times God will leave them in the hands of angels: 'I will give them [angels] charge over them, to keep them in all their ways; they will bear them up lest at any time they dash their feet against a stone.' But when they are in trouble, I will say to the angels, 'Stand aside, I will take care of them myself. I will be with them in trouble.'"

Thank You, Lord, that You personally attend to me when I'm in trouble.

"My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).