Roots of Trouble

By: Woody Godbey

In my years of pastoring, I saw people quit when trouble came. In my own experiences I’ve learned that the roots of trouble can sprout opportunities. Think about this, when you bury a seed, it appears that the seed has died, but the seed uses the burial as a great opportunity to grow. The same thing is true with troubles. Our own troubles help us grow and bring about opportunities that might not have come if not for the problem. In the first century church, there was great persecution, but because of this great trouble, they didn’t quit. It served to spread the gospel well beyond Judea. What looked like trouble was used to bring many others to saving faith in Christ. We see that happening in Acts 8:4 where “those who were scattered went about preaching the word.”

Think about the death of Jesus and how it brought eternal life. What the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ saw when Jesus was crucified on the cross must have been devastating. The last thing they expected really was for Jesus to be raised from the dead, but “that Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). What appeared to be the end of Jesus ministry was just the beginning of the way to eternal life in Christ (John 3:16).

A preacher friend of mine use to say, “Born into Trouble, Birthed out of Trouble.” The Bible says that “man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 2:9), but “if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 1:6-7). Gold is made more precious when it passes through the fire, so trouble can refine us like the refiner purifies gold, and it is made more precious.

Trouble’s Trials and Tribulations can be the Springboard of Opportunity. James said that we should “count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4). A faith that’s not tested cannot be trusted, and when we hit those deep valleys where we feel like quitting, use these as opportunities to help you grow.

If you’re a Christian, you need to realize that God allows us to pass through troubles to refine us, to purify us, to make us depend on Him, and to use them as springboards of opportunities. If you’re having problems and you feel like quitting, WAIT, because this might be a great opportunity to help you grow, and you wouldn’t want to miss that, would you? God Bless!