Where is God in times of trouble?

Have you ever faced a really difficult time and wondered Where is God in times of trouble? If you are like me, you have asked yourself this question at least once in your life.

The Bible tells us this: John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We are assured that at least once in our life, we will face trouble. That knowledge scares me a bit.

But God doesn’t want us to be afraid, continue to read and see how I answer the question: where is God in times of trouble?

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A few years ago my eldest daughter was sick to her stomach and was crying from the pain.

There is nothing like watching your child experience any sort of pain. Watching my daughter fold over in pain made me feel extremely helpless.

As a mother, I hated seeing her like that. I also hated knowing there was nothing I could do to help her or to take that pain away.

I felt so useless.

But instead of being stuck in that feeling, I did what I could. I prayed for her and held her.

Where is God in times of trouble?

When my daughter was sick, I held her in a way I had never held her before.

She was lying on my lap and I covered her body with my own. I prayed over her and wanted her to feel all the love that I had for her.

As I held her, I saw a picture of God and His love for us.

At that moment, I knew that God holds us like that in our pain.

1. He is holding us

God doesn’t just hold us in His lap or in His hand. He completely surrounds us with His presence and covers us with His love.

I sometimes experience pain and I most definitely experience fear.

During those times, the devil loves to have me believe that God is far away and does not care for me. But, that would be a lie.

I know from scripture that God is with me during my darkest hours and my longest days.

Where can we turn when we face trouble?

Any time I face troubles, I turn to the Psalms. This book is filled with people who have faced trouble and their feelings are revelations about God when facing those troubles.

Then many authors of this book knew exactly what it felt like to face various trials and knew who to turn to when they asked: where is God in times of trouble?

One of my favourite psalms to turn to is this one.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; God breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”

Psalm‬ ‭46:1-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There are many other verses to turn to for comfort in times of trouble.

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How does this verse help us?

I memorized the first verse when I was a teenager. I regularly quote it to remind myself of where to go when I am afraid.

These verses verse answers the question: where is God in times of trouble? He is the one who is keeping us safe. He is our safe city we can run to.

God is our Refuge

When reading these verses, I can’t help but notice that God is described as a refuge and a safe place.

Word hippo defines A refuge as:

  1. A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble
  2. Something providing such shelter

Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our shelter and a safe place to run to.

No matter what is going on in our personal life. No matter what is going on in the world, we can run to God. He is our safe place.

When we have reached His safety He then gives us the strength we need to face our troubles.

In the Old Testament times, when someone committed a crime and needed help they had a chance to run to a city of refuge.

These cities were dispersed around the nation as a place people could go to and be safe from retribution. The cities were sometimes close, but other times they would be far and a refugee would not make it to the city.

God is Present

Not only does the bible tell us that God is a place of safety, but it assures us that God is present when we are going through trials.

Psalm 46  assures us that Jesus is our city of refuge and that it is not far away. It is very present. We don’t have to run a long way to receive help from The Lord.  He is right there with us anytime we face difficulty. (He happens to also be around when things go well).

Not only is His help right there, but He is also present no matter the circumstances of life.

I love these psalms because it reminds me of where I can run in times of trouble and that God is there for me no matter what is going on around me.

In the comments below, share with me your answer to: Where is God in times of trouble?

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52 responses to “Where is God in times of trouble?”

  1. Lyndon Locke Avatar
    Lyndon Locke

    Thank you for your real love and care for people

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the encouragement.

  2. jehava Avatar

    This is great and so very true. I run to the Lord as well! He is my consistent help and is always faithful!

  3. http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/ Avatar
    http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

    Amen! God is always there for us. And it is so hard to see your baby in pain. You did great, and what a great, touching post. Thank you for sharing! My name is Brandy, and I am new to the blogging community, its nice to meet you. God bless all of you and your families! http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

  4. Jasmine Eclipse Avatar

    I’m sorry to hear that your daughter wasn’t doing too well. But I am very glad you saw God through it, and turned to scripture in your time of worry.

  5. Kelly Avatar
    Kelly

    By the GRACE of God I came across this post today!! I needed it, and I am so thankful you wrote it!

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      I am so glad you found it as well. Praise The Lord

  6. Sarah Althouse Avatar

    I run to God. A few months ago I was sicker than I’ve ever been with the flu (so sick I thought I was going to die but obviously not the case!) At my worst moment the only thing I could do was cry out to and pray to God. And it’s amazing, feeling my absolute worse I still felt His comfort.

  7. Kerry Avatar

    Thanks for sharing! The challenges that we face related to our children often bring us closer to God, don’t they? It was one miserable winter night, holding my daughter, both of us sick with a cold that I experienced God’s love for the first time in decades.

  8. CINDY M JONES Avatar

    Love Psalms 46 – lovely post!

  9. Barefoot Warrior Avatar

    I really see the picture you are trying to describe; with God covering us in our pain. I had a similar experience once; with a picture of me sitting at His feet, my head against His chest. As He showed me that picture, vision, if you will, my first thought was, “O, I love Him so much!” But then He spoke to me, “No, Melinda. It is I, Who loves you.” Obviously, I love the Lord more than anything, but, in that moment, what He was showing is that, my love for Him, is nothing compared to His love for me. It was such a beautiful picture. It has almost become a memory.
    Thank you for this beautiful post!

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      God’s love for us is so amazing and so much more then we can picture. It’s nice to have small pictures of the glory of God.

  10. Leah Elwood Avatar
    Leah Elwood

    I love this! It’s amazing how much we learn about the character of God from motherhood. I swear, since I had my son two years ago, I’ve learned way more about Him than ever before. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      It’s for sure one of my favourite things about becoming a mother. I have learned so much about who God is and how He loves us and interacts with us just from having my own kids.

  11. Courtney Buechle Avatar

    This was a great post. I have a friend who is going through something heartbreaking that no one should have to go through and I can’t wait to share this with her.

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      I am glad you can be there for your friend

  12. Melissa Avatar

    What a wonderful reminder of God’s great love for us!

  13. Andrea Avatar

    God is always there even when we don’t think that He is

  14. Liene Avatar
    Liene

    This is a really interesting question to ask ourselves. Great post!

  15. Sheri Avatar
    Sheri

    This post brought to my mind the song “Blessings” by Laura Story. He’s there in good times and bad times and bad.

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      I will have to listen to it. Thanks for sharing that

  16. Kenya Avatar
    Kenya

    This is a great post that I feel like i needed today ! Thanks!

  17. Gloryanna Avatar

    I have always, always loved and NEEDED that promise of God being our refuge. I don’t know how I would function in life without that promise. Thank you for this simple, straightforward and powerful post reminding me of His promises!!

  18. Crystal // Dreams, etc. Avatar

    I love this post! When there’s something–like an illness in a member of my family–I always turn to God and cover them with prayer. Lately, though, there have been some stresses in my life that I think have taken over me a little bit. And for some reason I don’t turn God for things like this… or I do once I become too overwhelmed and receive a reminder (like this one!) that I can turn to Him in times of trouble. It doesn’t need to be a life or death situation for me to seek refuge and receive comfort–no matter what the outcome. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      I am the same way. It’s so easy to forget that God wants us to come to Him for all things.

  19. Brit Strawbridge Avatar

    This is such a beautiful post & perspective. I hate when people say, if God was real then why is there pain in the world – and your image of a parent & child is perfect. Pain & heartache come, & as parents sometimes all we can do is carry them through it! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Laura Hicks Avatar

    I’m so grateful that God is our refuge and we can run to him. I love the Psalms for encouragement! Great post.

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