Full Of Trouble

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job 5:6-7

Man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

Job 14:1

Many scholars believe that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written even before Moses wrote Genesis.  Whether Job is the oldest book in the Bible or not, it contains many, many timeless truths.  Reading verses like these let us know that, while many things may change, there are some things that always have been and always will be.

One of the things that “always has been and always will be” is the fact that we, as humans, have absolutely no problems finding trouble.  In fact, trouble seems to find us.  There are some days we would think that, contrary to the first verse, trouble does “spring out of the ground.”  We are just walking along, minding our own business, and BAM- trouble jumps up out of nowhere and hits us.  While it doesn’t literally “spring out of the ground”, it does come to us early and often.

“Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward.”  As sure as sparks flying upward from a fire, we can be sure that we will encounter trouble in our lives.  It will happen, as I’m sure every one who reads this can attest to.  “Man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”  Not only will trouble find us, but it will find us quickly.  Again, I’m sure I will get no argument there either.

We are all going to have trouble.  The question is: how are we going to deal with that trouble, when it comes?  Are we going to try to fight through it ourselves?  That will likely just entangle us further and cause more trouble.  Or are we going to trust the Lord and let Him bring us through it?  I heard a quote the other day that said something like “He didn’t promise us smooth sailing, but He did promise us a safe landing.”  That is something good to remember when your life seems to be “full of trouble.”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, You will get no argument from me on this one. But as I read this I had to smile because the Lord has already put on my heart, and I have an initial draft, of my post for today titled “Taking Every Choice Captive to Christ.” Sometimes we could avoid the trouble that seemingly springs up from the ground if we only made the right choice about how to deal with it. And it is when we put Christ in control of each choice that He is able to bring us through the trouble. Peace, Linda


  2. Great point, Linda! I know that I could avoid a lot of trouble in my life if I would put Him in control more consistently.


  3. I was thinking that I have a lot less trouble (drama!) than most. When someone asks what’s been happening, well, there isn’t much exciting (or troublesome) to report. ha! But, perhaps that is a good thing and I’ll just thank Him for covering me from the trouble that is out there, springing up right now! God bless you!


  4. Yes, that is definitely a good thing. I really don’t have too much trouble to complain about, but it does seem like almost all of my trouble is directly related to me doing stupid things or making bad decisions. I need to follow the Lord a little closer and I think that would likely eliminate a lot of my trouble!


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