Lord Jesus, when I face trouble of any kind in this world, help me to remember Your promises and believe them. Enable me to “rejoice in my sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put me to shame, because God's love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit who has been given to me” (Romans 5:3-5 ESV). Bless me with Your Word and through Your Spirit in worship today. Amen.
David stayed in Jerusalem when his army went out fighting. This provided an opportunity for him to fall into the sin of adultery. His desire to cover up his first sin led to the sin of murder. God sent the prophet, Nathan, to David to call him to repentance.
When trouble comes in this life, it is not a punishment for some sin in the past as the disciples supposed with the man who was born blind. Rather, these troubles are the result of sin’s curse in the world, and they become opportunities for God to be glorified.