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Sometimes I struggle when trouble comes. I know in my head the Bible’s testimony about God. I may remember God’s faithfulness in times past. But my heart raises doubtful questions. “Where are you in this God? Why do we have to go through this again? Why can’t you immediately solve this problem?" When I get in that headspace, I’m not very thankful. I am mostly frustrated with God. Yet in those times, I need to remember God’s Word and the power behind it. Consider His Word from the next section of Psalm 107.

Psalm 107:17-22 (ESV)
17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

So these people were in trouble because of their own choices. It led to sickness and ruin in their lives. Out of this trouble, they cry out to the Lord. Did you notice verse 20? He sent out his word and healed them and delivered them from their destruction. God did not send someone to help. God simply sent out His Word. He spoke and His power flowed through His word to deliver them from their ruined lives.

God’s power and ability back up His Word. Think about some of God’s great works done through His Word.

  • And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
  • Thus says the Lord, By this you shall know that I am the Lord strike the water in the Nile with the staff and it shall turn to blood. . . . and all the water in the Nile turned into blood. (Exodus 7:17, 20)
  • Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, I will; be clean.And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3)
  • Lazarus, come out. The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his faith wrapped in a cloth. (John 11:43-44)

The same God, who backed up His Word with power in these instances, speaks His Word into your and my life today. Let us thank Him for His Word and His faithfulness to it.

Lord, we confess the knee jerk reaction of doubt about you when trouble comes. Instead, help us to remember Your Word and that You are behind that word with abundant power to accomplish Your purposes in Your time.

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