When Trouble Comes

Where can God’s people turn in time of trouble? Let’s consider two inspiring examples, one from the Old Testament and one from the New.

King Nebuchadnezzar had decreed: Unless the wise men of Babylon could tell the king’s dream and interpret it, they would be cruelly executed.

Daniel was one of those wise men. Unlike the others, however, he served the true God.

Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends . . . that they might request compassion from the God of heaven . . . so that Daniel and his friends might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon (Daniel 2:17-18 NASB).

Over six hundred years later the Jewish leaders arrested Peter and John and “commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”

And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said . . . . And when heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord . . .” (Acts 4:18, 23, 24 KJV).

In both cases they were threatened by the ruling authorities. In both cases they went to their fellow believers. In both cases they turned to God in prayer. In both cases God answered them mightily.

So where can God’s people turn in time of trouble? To one another and to the Lord.

But here’s a point worth considering: Before the crisis Daniel already had a strong relationship with God and with his God-fearing friends. Likewise, Peter and John. When the pressure was on, they had their resources ready.

Do we?