Daily Devotion, Feb. 9, 2021. Trouble
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19).
On first reading, this verse strikes me as untrue. I know many (including myself) who have not been delivered from troubles. In the Bible, we learn that none of us are righteous, so perhaps the verse does not refer to us. There was one righteous man whose name was Jesus. Did God deliver Him? Yes! While He was humiliated and crucified, God raised Him from death and gave Him a name above every name (Philippians 2:9). He now reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. Yes, God delivered Him, the one righteous man.
What about us? When we are connected to Jesus by faith, His righteousness is credited to us (see Philippians 3:9). We are finally delivered from all our troubles even as Jesus was, via the resurrection. Whatever problems we face in this life, they will seem trivial when we enter into heaven. That is our grand and final deliverance from our trials and tribulations.
True, we face much pain and anguish in this life, and we often see no earthly deliverance. I think when we reach heaven, we will say, “Thank You, Lord, for delivering me from all my troubles.”
Gracious God, I thank You that you are by my side when I face earthly trials. I thank You that whatever suffering I endure on earth, You have promised a final deliverance in heaven. That is more than good enough for me. I bless the name of Jesus and pray in His name, Amen.