Psalm 71:20 - Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again.
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I’ve seen many troubles in my life, but I don’t know if I can say that they’ve been many and bitter. Though, people around me, people in this world have experienced enough bitter troubles to go around.
One of the images coming out of this verse in regards to troubles, is that of someone lying in wait, hiding to ambush. Like a thief or robber waiting around the corner to ambush someone, is that of trouble and distress. And it’s not like you can be fully prepared and ready for when that type of trouble hits. I mean, you can be wise enough to stay away from potential dangerous areas where someone might possibly wait to take you by surprise - walk in well lit places, stay with groups of people, etc. But the thing about bitter, ambush like trouble, is that it’s coming when you expect it the least, from where you expect it the least.
As believers, our job is not simply to dodge and beware of potential danger, but also to trust in the God we serve to protect us if need be, and to restore us, with certainty. Just because we are ambushed doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us or that He’s not watching. The power and wisdom of God is not limited to the pre-ambush and pre-trouble realm. He is not only the God who protects and secures, but the God who redeems and restores. He is the God who can make you rise above those troubles, many and bitter. He is the God who will restore to you in a way greater than any robber or thief can take away.
Don’t just focus on the troubles, many and bitter. They will come. But rest in the security of a God who restores and redeems life.