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When Trouble Troubles You

Philosophy View of Trouble

Difficulty or problems

Public unrest or disorder

Cause distress or anxiety

Biblical View of Trouble

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

John 14:1 ESV

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.

John 14: 27 KJV

Each and every one of us can relate to a time when we have gone through a particular situation or experience certain troubles in our lives and tried solving that problem before handing it over to Jesus. Sometimes something awful has to happen to us before we let God have his way in our lives. Most times plague of trouble brings people to their senses, after which they sometimes repent and come to the Lord. Others repent for a moment but when the reprieve comes, they like Pharaoh quickly put the whole thing out of their minds.

And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.

Exodus 7 :23 KJV

Plague is a serious bacterial infection that's transmitted primarily by fleas. According to the book of Exodus 8:15 stated that when God sent plague of frogs on the land of Egypt, Pharaoh began to soften, so God removed the plague but when Pharaoh saw that the frogs were gone he hardened his heart.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them as the LORD had said.

Exodus 8:15 KJV

When the next plague hit, Pharaoh pled with Moses, now hurry and pray for me.

And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: entreat for me.

Exodus 8:28 KJV

But after God had removed the plague, Pharaoh again hardened his heart. Only after Pharaoh had lost his firstborn son, he asked Moses to leave Egypt, adding “but give me a blessing as you leave”.

Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

Exodus 12:32 KJV

Different types of Plague

• Bubonic plague. The most common form of plague is bubonic plague. It is usually contracted when an infected rodent or flea bites you.

• Septicemic plague. It occurs when the bacteria enter the bloodstream directly and multiply there.

• Pneumonic plague. When the bacteria spread to or first infect the lungs, it’s known as pneumonic plague, the most lethal form of the disease.

We don't know if Moses blessed Pharaoh or not, but as soon as Pharaoh realised the people of Israel were not coming back and that the nation had lost its entire slave force, he had his officials change their minds. They pursued the Israelites, Pharaoh himself leading the charge thereby sealing his fate.

And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:

Exodus 14:6 KJV

And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

Exodus 14:28 KJV

Pharaoh was given many opportunities to deal with his sin, repent and acknowledge the Lord but he was never sorry for his sin, he was merely sorry for himself. He repeatedly hardened his heart, and in the end God took over and hardened it for him. Some of us Christian’s our hearts are very stubborn and hardened like Pharaoh, so hard we cannot see the evil deeds we are doing, it usually take God’s intervention before we can let go, repent of our sins, and acknowledge who God is. God has warned us that his Spirit will not be contented with human forever (NIV) and (KJV) said My Spirit shall not always strive with man.

Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

Genesis 6:3 NIV

And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Genesis 6:3 KJV

If we resist the prompting of God’s Spirit pointing out our sins and our dire {extremely serious or urgent} needs of a Saviour, there may come a time when it will be too late. If God has allowed trouble to trouble you, it may be a stimulus to let his Spirit do his convincing, convicting and converting work in our lives.


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