Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will preserve my life:
You stretch out your hand against my foes,
With Your right hand You save me.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O Lord, endures forever
Do not abandon the works of Your hands.
(Psalm 138:78) NIV
What I heard made me sad. My nerves couldn’t stand much more. The words my husband spoke and the tone he used told me he was scared. I went to an old family bible a friend gave me. I turned to the Psalms.
I found Psalm 139 and started reading. I looked across the page and found the two verses above. I found it in the King James Version. The first line of verse eight in the KJV reads, ’God will perfect that which concerns thee.’
Whenever problems come our way, we sometimes panic. This passage tells us we don’t have to. King David reminds us that God will keep us safe whatever the trouble. God protects us from harm. David believed God rescued him from danger.
We can ask God what His will for our lives is. Then we seek His guidance and follow where He leads. When we have worries that consume us, the Heavenly Father takes our problems, moulds the circumstances, and gives us a way to conquer them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,”
Declares the Lord. “plans to prosper
You and not to harm you, plans to give
You hope and a future,” (Jeremiah 29:11) NIV
Sometimes we have circumstances that almost defeat us. We don’t know where to turn. We finally look to God. We should learn to look to Him first. God has plans for each of His children. He will see them through to completion. The only thing He requires is that we trust in and follow Him.
The Israelites were in exile, God told them to build houses and settle into the life of Babylon. They were instructed to give their children in marriage to those in this foreign land. He also told the exiles they would be there 70 years. This had to dishearten the Israelite people. ( It would me.)
In 1996, I saw this verse on an electronic sign at the Christian bookstore I passed twice a day, four days a week when I took my stepmother to radiation therapy. I felt like this passage was my friend. I started looking for it before I came to the book store. These words helped me through two health crises in my family.
I have found great comfort in both of these verses. God has taught me to trust Him and to run to him when I face a hard issue in my life.