As we live, read, and expose our minds to various ideas, we soon learn any system of thought gives right of way to at least two facts. We are all going to die, and we all will face some trouble along life’s path. No true religion would even think about proposing a no death or no trouble life. Here’s a line from a man who was the epitome of unorthodoxy:
“Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.”
Do you personally know anyone who has not experienced trouble? Neither do I.
Job opined on trouble with this line:
Job 5:7 “Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward.”
We might say this truth framed with these words, “Despite all efforts inevitably troubles finds man.” And truth be known, many of us go out looking for trouble. To be sure, it is easy to find.
Job commented further with this:
Job 14:1 "Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.”
We might find a little comfort from Job in that he teaches us that every person ever born of a woman is in the same boat. We must not take pleasure in this for misery does not love company. However, Job does give a tiny hint of comfort in his “few days.” One of two truths in the two words, “Few days,” reminding us that death with all its fear-inducing aspects is a few days away comparatively, we will find peace or trouble of such intensity that the only word to describe is the out of fashion, Hell.
The word, trouble, is used 143 times in my translation and this in addition to the tribulation, which as far as I know means trouble with any comfort removed.
Jesus used tribulation here:
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."
In the midst of tribulations, how is the good cheer working for you?
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