Scripture Reading

Psalm 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Insight on the Word

All salvation is of God, not man. For the Bible teaches us: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus 3:5). Salvation is made available to everyone, not based on what we have done but based on what God has done. The righteous are saved. Many understand that this gives us salvation from a Devil’s Hell and eternal with Christ forever. This in great but there is more. Even in this life with the trouble that it sometimes brings, God also gives us His supernatural strength!

Our strength does not come from our own efforts for God is the provider of our strength (Psalm 43:2). The strength which God provides is not available to the unrighteousness but to the righteous as we walk in the way of the Lord: “The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity” (Proverbs 10:29). No matter what our need, God’s strength is more than enough to overcome in any situation. For God promises He will be “strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Isaiah 25:4). The prophet Joel spoke the children of Israel when they were in some of their deepest troubles saying: “the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel” (Joel 3:16)

So if trouble should come your way today, continue to walk in righteousness and have faith in the fact that God is your “strength in the time of trouble.”

Speak the Word — God is my strength in the time of trouble! (Psalm 37:39)

Daily Bible Reading — Deuteronomy 13 – 16