God Is In Big Trouble
“Have you heard? God’s in big trouble!” “Big trouble?” you ask. “Yes, real big trouble!” “And what trouble is this that God has gotten Himself into?” “Oh, you haven’t heard? You mean you don’t know? Well, let me be the one to tell you. God has gotten Himself into big trouble—yours and mine!”
Beloved, God is very much in our trouble. The Psalmist assures us this is the case.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” (Psalm 46)
Powerful and comforting words, indeed!
Trouble is one thing all people share in common. It is an equal opportunity employer! As one preacher put it, every man you meet will either be in trouble, on his way out of trouble, or headed for trouble. How true are those words spoken in Job 14:1, “ Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and full of trouble.”
I wish it were true that trouble only happens to the ungodly, and never knocks at the door of the righteous. But we all know so well that is not the case. No, the righteous have their share. Joseph had his share; Daniel had his; the Hebrew boys had theirs; and so did Paul and Silas. Even Jesus did not escape trouble. But thank God, His troubles were redemptive. He went into trouble in order to deliver us out of trouble!
The Psalmist goes on to say, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” God is not just present with us in the worst moments of life, He is “very” present. This means He will be “abundantly available” to “help” when we need Him most.
Unlike Satan, and unlike men, God does not need to travel to get somewhere. He is everywhere at the same time, without division, multiplication, addition or subtraction. He fills all places, excluding no place. Everywhere we turn, when we are in trouble, we will bump into Him.
Oh, how good to know we serve a God who gets Himself in trouble–for us! Isn’t that what he did on Calvary? He stepped right into the midst of trouble, our trouble, and took the blows that were meant for us, absorbed the pain we deserved, and died the death we should have died. He got into big trouble in order to deliver us from trouble.
No doubt this is why we call Him Emmanuel, God with Us.
As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, don’t forget the God who gets Himself into trouble for you that He might bring you out of trouble for Him.