Thoughts to Live By


 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Job 14:1

There is no doubt that man is born full of trouble, because we are born into this world without Jesus Christ as our Savior. That is why Jesus told Nicodemus, an unsaved ruler of the Jews in John 3:3. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” When a person is without Christ and is full of trouble they turn to the world to try to fill their void and get peace. But peace only comes in receiving Christ into your heart to be your Savior. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Even as a Christian, if we are not careful with how we live our life, the door than can be open to all kinds of trouble that can ruin our relationship with our Lord Jesus. Consider these things that could bring trouble to us.

  • A lack of obedience to the commands of Christ brings trouble. We as believers will miss out on some of the best of God’s blessing when we insist on disobeying Him. “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28
  • Disobedience weakens our fellowship with the Lord and also robs us of the peace of God being in our heart. An obedient heart is at the top of the Lord’s priority list. We are told in I Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
  • The circumstances of life that we have no control over can bring trouble. The loss of a job can bring tremendous hardship on an individual and also on a family. It may be financial problems within a home caused by other circumstances we weren’t expecting. So often, the temptation would be to seek help from family or friends. When these things happen it is not time to turn to someone else for help, but rather, turn only unto the Lord for your needs to be met. It is now time to Pray. Matthew 7:7; It is now time to Give. Luke 6:38; and it is time to Serve. Joshua 22:5.
  • An active sinful lifestyle always brings trouble. This kind of a lifestyle begins when we get away from God’s Word and take our eyes off our Lord. Than there is a yielding to temptation and a falling into sin. When a Christian finds himself in such a trap of sin there is only one thing to do – repent and get right with God. David gives us the pattern for repentance in Psalm 51:3b Acknowledge your sin to God; Psalm 51:3a Confess your sin to the Lord. Psalm 51:1,2 And start living for the Lord with a clean heart and renewed attitude. Psalm 51:10 Than the joy of Christ will be seen in your life and you will influence others in a positive way. Psalm 51:12