What To Do When You’re In Trouble

When we believe in Jesus, he gives us everlasting life and saves us from eternal destruction. That’s the greatest salvation. But he doesn’t save only in the eternal sense. He saves us temporally – NOW – in this life – from multitudes of dangers, troubles and disasters.

When the Bible uses the words “save” and “deliver” it often speaks of temporal salvation and deliverance.

For example, when Peter walked on water, “he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’” (MT 14.30). Peter wasn’t asking Jesus for eternal salvation but to save him from drowning. When the disciples encountered a storm at sea ”they went and woke him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing.’” MT 6.25

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, said “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king” (DA 3.17), they were talking about temporal deliverance, not eternal salvation.

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (MT 6.13) he meant we should ask our heavenly Father to rescue us from the power of Satan and other evils in this life.

When Paul said “He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again” (2 CO 1.10) he was talking about deliverance from this world’s perils.

Again and again the Psalmists ask God to save them here:

Deliver me from those who work evil, and save me from bloodthirsty men. PS 59.2
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” PS 82.4

Jesus wants to save us and deliver HERE and NOW!

Believe it! Ask him to deliver you and loved ones from sickness, anxiety, depression, fear, debt. Ask him to save your children and grandchildren, not only eternally, but from this world’s evils and things like bad decisions and the consequences of sins. Ask Jesus to deliver you from the coworker who harasses you. From anything that plagues you.

When God allows hardships to continue, he gives grace and does far greater things than if he brought us out of them. But until he makes that crystal clear, we should keep praying for deliverance. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” (James 5:13)

Jesus is a mighty Savior. The arm of the Lord is not too short to save – both for eternity and now. Nothing is too hard for him. If he saved your soul and brought you out of sin he can save you from troubles here.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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