When Trouble Comes

Michael Beck

“… Yet trouble came.” (Job 3:26)

Many things happen “to” us. We didn’t ask for them to happen, we didn’t want them to happen, but they came. Such is life in this world.

If we could, we would create a world where only that which we want to happen, happens. A real overcomer is not one who exerts his will on the world and controls all that happens. A real overcomer is one who is not a victim, but victorious, no matter what happens to them. Angry, bitter, violent, vindictive responses when things don’t go our way and people don’t do what we want displays that we have been overcome, not that we are an overcomer.

The Lord calls us to be “more than a conqueror” through Him. No matter what happens to us, there is now no more excuse for sin. Jesus was not overcome by the evil which happened to Him. A world contrary to Him, and unwilling to submit to God’s control, did not move Him out from under the authority of His Father. He calls us to learn of Him.

Don’t be an angry victim of circumstance. You are not responsible for what happens to you; but you are responsible for your reaction to it. Be a true overcomer.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.