Can Trouble Be a Good Thing? (Y1.T1.D60)
Updated: Jan 20, 2022
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On July 8, 2021, I broke my left foot.
This injury was not the result of consequential sin. While I’ve invited trouble into my life through bad behavior before, this time I was innocent.
In fact, I was literally doing the work Jesus commanded, helping my church’s outreach team distribute sack dinners to those experiencing homelessness in downtown Baltimore on a Thursday evening. But no one knew the lawn—where some homeless folks were camped out—had a hole big enough to sprain my right ankle and break two metatarsals in my left foot.
The fall was so innocent—I had a hard time believing I could break a bone so easily. But the orthopedic doctor assured me, it was not uncommon. She then made it clear, “If you want to avoid surgery, put no weight whatsoever on that foot for six weeks.”
And I didn’t. I stayed at home, had some amazing conversations with God, and discovered the break was a complete blessing.
Remember the post I wrote about giving God more time than anything else? Well, I’d been asking God to help me make this blog my number-one priority above work or other activities.
And he came through.
During my convalescence, our loving Father helped me coordinate my schedule with his. At least half of every working hour goes toward this project. And by his grace and inspiration, we have arrived at the final day of the first trimester. If you’ve been reading along with me, you have now read 1/12th of the Bible.
That might not seem like a huge milestone, but undoubtedly trouble of some sort has tried to stop you. And it’s never too late to go catch up on any day you might have missed.
As 2021 draws to a close, I want you to know I’m praying for you. May God help you plan for the upcoming new year. Hold tight to verses like Isaiah 54:17, which affirms that, "No weapon that is formed against us will prevail" and Romans 8:37, which reminds us "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
I promise, if something tries to trip you up, God will work it out for your good.
His Grace is Sufficient
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”
28 They said therefore to him, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
30 They said therefore to him, “What then do you do for a sign, that we may see and believe you? What work do you do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”
32 Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
34 They said therefore to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don’t believe. 37 All those whom the Father gives me will come to me. He who comes to me I will in no way throw out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day. 40 This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
41 The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven.” 42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, ‘I have come down out of heaven?’”
43 Therefore Jesus answered them, “Don’t murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, (John 6:25–45a)
13b and your children’s peace will be great.
14 You will be established in righteousness.
You will be far from oppression,
for you will not be afraid,
and far from terror,
for it shall not come near you.
15 Behold, they may gather together, but not by me.
Whoever gathers together against you will fall because of you.
16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame,
and forges a weapon for his work;
and I have created the destroyer to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against you will prevail;
and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of Yahweh’s servants,
and their righteousness is of me,” says Yahweh. (Isaiah 54:13b–17)
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.
31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? 33 Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Even as it is written,
“For your sake we are killed all day long.
We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:28–39)
45c Therefore everyone who hears from the Father and has learned, comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father. 47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. (John 6:45c–47)
Thank You for warning me that troubles would come to me in this world but to fear not because You have overcome the world (John 16:33). I welcome the beautiful peace You have given to me. It's not the kind of peace the world gives. Your peace removes anxiety from my heart and evaporates my fears (John 14:27). Since You are on my side. I will not be afraid, for what can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)
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