Trouble. This world guarantees it.
Job, a just man who was severely tested, wrote
“Man is born for trouble, as surely as sparks fly upwards.” Job 5:7
Trouble can be caused by bad people. The book of Proverbs from the Bible, says;
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence. Proverbs 4:14
Taylor Swift sings about it here in her song “Trouble”. Here’s a 25 sec clip, which my daughter showed to me. It’s the funny version.
I have warned about bad people in a post called
“Here be Dragons”.
But what if we can’t avoid them, like at work? Jesus understands trouble. He was born for it.
He promised “In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Sometimes He’ll take us through it – to test us, or teach us. And sometimes He’ll take us around it.
My advice; fear God more than man. By fear I mean “have concern for”.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing. Psalm 34:4-8
This is true, I sought the Lord, and He answered me. He led me through a bad place, promising it would be a door of hope. The story is told in my book where I travelled through the Valley of Achor. Achor means trouble. Its a place that people on pilgrimage had to go through to get to Zion. You don’t have to travel it alone.