Unless you’ve had your head in the sand or under some pyramid 😉 you are aware of the ongoing troubles in the Nation of Egypt. If you have any understanding of the world that we live in and how we all daily function, you know that even this trouble in the world of Egypt will effect each of us! This is happening in an already volatile area of the world, where much history has and will be made. The fact that so much commerce passes through this area’s Suez Canal (especially oil), we are all particularly vulnerable and impacted by this unrest and trouble in the world of Egypt. If you have an understanding of the Bible, you also know that Egypt is a type (illustration) of the world. While there are many ways I could take this article, in keeping with the purpose of this Website and focus of my writings, I wish to play off this trouble in Egypt and speak more generally to Trouble In The World!
What do you do with trouble and injustice? What are your responses in crisis situations or in what we experience more often—interpersonal conflicts? Do you respond by attacking others or perhaps even blame GOD for allowing the trouble? Do you withdraw and turn inward, naturally leading to personal destruction? Do you seek to learn and prevail over the trouble through faith in a Sovereign Creator? These are the three main responses we all will have when experiencing trouble in the world. You can blame outward, turn inward or look upward. The best response is to trust in what America’s Founding Fathers called “Divine Providence” or in Whom the Bible particularly defines as The Sovereign GOD and The Faithful CREATOR. This is a very important concept to understand if you hope to prevail over the trials and temptations of life. Responding in faith toward the CREATOR’s control over natural and human events, and what so often amounts to trouble in the world, is the best way for you to personally grow and be a success and an overcomer in life.
Jesus Christ Himself noted to His Disciples how they could handle trouble. He said in John 16:33:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Jesus knew that it was not yet time for all things to be reconciled (made right) as they will eventually be in the future (Colossians 1:20). The life we now live must be primarily by faith (though we often depend solely on sight and feeling). One day soon, it will be sight for us all. Until then, we must learn to prevail and be overcomers through the trials of life and trouble in the world. As Jesus noted, we can personally have peace only in Him. He is called the Prince of Peace and He will bring peace to the whole world, after He brings the greatest trouble ever seen (The Great Tribulation) to dispel the pride and arrogance of man and bring people to accept Him as The Creator and Savior. It is my faith in this “Divine Providence” or The “Faithful Creator” that has enabled me to keep from depression and move forward, despite all of my personal tragedy and all that has been against me. Tell me how you could cope through all I have faced or all you will face, if not through this credible faith in Him?
One thing I have learned through my life is the desperate need we all have (especially we who have been so blessed in America) to understand GOD’s purposes for allowing evil and suffering in the world. Some think that HE must not care or else HE would deliver us. Others think HE must not be powerful enough to change things or else HE would have by now. If you try to deny evil, as I have previously noted, you have an even bigger problem and shouldn’t care what anybody would then do to you. GOD allows some people to remain in their evil thinking and ways to help others come to see the contrast of how Good HE is. HE reveals more of HIMSELF through allowing evil and suffering. HE brings out more action and compassion (which incidentally, we should always have) through tragedies and troubles in the world. It helps us to grow up and into the people we need to be. I detail this more in the second, teaching part of my book and the 10 key life lessons we need to learn to prevail.
There is trouble in the world, but we must remember the biblical counsel of Jesus and 1 Peter 4:19:
“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”