King David certainly had that experience and was moved to write, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life…” (Psalm 138:7 NIV) The Hebrew of this text literally means: ‘to go on in the centre of trouble’. How often have you felt that you were in the centre of trouble? I wonder if you can relate to the reality of calling on Yahweh in such times, pleading for and expecting deliverance, but nothing is happening. Does this resonate with you? With the trouble/problems growing until we are almost overwhelmed?
We hear about a natural phenomenon called ‘the eye of the storm’ and this caught my attention recently. The dictionary tells me that the eye is a region of mostly calm weather found at the centre of strong tropical cyclones. It is a roughly circular area and typically 30–65 km (20–40 miles) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather of a cyclone occurs. Do you ever feel as though you are surrounded by ‘towering thunderstorms’? Be comforted that right there – in the centre of trouble – we can find Yahweh; and His peace!
The apostle Paul taught that “…we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of [Heaven].” (Acts 14:22 KJ21) The walk of faith is never going to be easy. The Greek word translated ‘tribulation’ primarily means ‘a pressure’ or anything that burdens the spirit (see Vine’s Expository Dictionary). So, since we are warned there will be much of this, many ‘towering thunderstorms’, we need to perfect our skills to find that central place of peace where Yahweh dwells. He is totally trustworthy; whatever the problem you will find Him in the ‘eye of the storm’.
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters...
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