For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. (Jeremiah 29:10 KJV)
- Admit Fault
Thankfully, as a child of God, the Holy Spirit will help you with this step. It is easy to find yourself in trouble, and begin thinking of all of the people who are to blame. The difficult thing is to acknowledge the conviction that the Holy Spirit is bringing about. That is the small voice in the back of your mind saying, “You are not exactly innocent in this matter, and if it were not for your decisions, then you wouldn’t be in this mess.” If you catch yourself trying to blame others for the trouble that you are in, ask God to have mercy on you for the sins that you have committed. God is not interested in you using your thoughts to lay out your case for others guilt. God is much more interested in your willingness to forgive others, and repent of you own faults.
2. Realize That God’s Goal is ALWAYS the Same
You cannot make it to this step without going through the previous step, however this is the key to ending your troubles. God’s goal has never changed, and that goal is to have you seek Him with all of your heart. God will use whatever means necessary to accomplish His goal. In the above passage from Jeremiah we see that God was going to act on behalf of His people in seventy years. There are those who would argue that seventy years was the time set simply because it was part of God’s plan. They would be only partially correct in this assertion. God knew it would take seventy years for the people to seek Him with all of their heart, so it was in fact a part of His plan. However, if the people had been willing to seek Him with all of their heart, they would have never endured the seventy years of captivity in the first place, and God’s plan would have gone differently. Whatever troubles you are facing God is calling you, He is moving you to the place where you will stop depending on your flesh, and start relying on His love.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 KJV)
Are You Even in Trouble?
A brief examination of scripture will make it clear that trials do not indicate that a person is necessarily in trouble with God. Moses was continually faced with trails that were brought on by the complaining of others. David was faced with trials that were brought on by a sinful King. Joseph faced trails brought on by his jealous brothers. Job faced trails brought on to prove the devil wrong. Many prophets faced trails brought on by the sinfulness of those to whom they carried the message of God. Jesus faced trails, and His apostles after Him faced trails, in order to bring about God’s plan of salvation. So, again I ask, are you really in trouble, or are you just enduring hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ? If you are suffering for the sake of the gospel then seek out the comfort of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus did in the garden. God will send His angles to comfort you.
Realize that there are consequences for your actions, and the above two steps may not make those go away, but if you will seek God with all of your heart He will replace sorrow with joy even in the midst of troubles. If you have not begun your walk with God, but you now realize that He is working to draw you to Himself, then click here to find out what He has done for you.