Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:7
One of the most iconic images to come out of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers was this: One group of people was running away from the towers and another group of people was running toward the towers. Those running away were citizens trying to save their lives; those running toward the towers were fire fighters trying to save the lives of others.
Naturally, many of us fear trouble to one degree or another. But some people don’t, especially those called to a mission. Trouble deters most people, but it is an obstacle to be overcome for others. Jesus was a good example of the latter. Described as the “Servant of the Lord” in Isaiah 42, the Messiah would “set [His] face like a flint” and not be deterred by the troubles He would face (Isaiah 50:7). When Jesus fulfilled the Servant’s role, “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Why? Because He knew God would help Him; that He would not be disgraced or ashamed (Isaiah 50:7).
Do you fear trouble? Don’t! Better to be with God in trouble than to be without trouble and without God.
Down through the centuries in times of trouble…God has brought courage to the hearts of those who love Him. Billy Graham