Posted: November 4, 2004
A Study of Positional Truths
We have for the last couple of weeks in our studies of Positional Truth
looked at the results of being justified.
We have learned that because we have been declared righteous by
God we have peace with God and
access to God. Oh, what
great results. This week we
look at a third result of justification.
The result of having rest
in our troubles, before God. In
Romans 5:3, Paul says, “And not only so, but
we glory in tribulation also.” I would like to bring to our
attention, three things about troubles: The
Lineage To Trouble, The
Lessons From Trouble, and The
Leading Of Trouble.
LINEAGE TO TROUBLE
Job, the man who had a PHD degree in
trouble said, “Yet, man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward”. (Job 5:7)
He also said, “Man that
is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” (Job
14:2) Trouble is a part of
the lineage of life. If your Mother was a woman, you are guaranteed to have
trouble. The songwriter had
it right when he said, “Take the name of Jesus with you, Child of
sorrow and of woe.” We
came from our Mother’s birth canal through a great push of pain.
The bones of our cranium were dislocated and the supply of oxygen
cut off. No wonder we let
out a scream when we caught our first gasp of air.
We were born by pain and trouble into a world of pain and
trouble, and we will leave this world through the sorrow of pain and
trouble. It is our lineage
by the curse and fall of Adam. We
can bank on it. We began with trouble, we will have trouble, and we will end
with trouble. Think it not
strange when trouble comes. Justification
does not change the lineage of trouble, but it does show us the eternal
purposes of a holy God who sends trouble to His redeemed children.
LESSONS FROM TROUBLE
The word Paul uses in verse 3 for
tribulation has several word pictures.
One picture is that it comes from the Latin word, ‘tribulum’
which was a threshing instrument to separate grain from chaff.
God will send trouble often to separate ‘professors’
from ‘possessors’. The
other picture is that of a wine press where the juice is taken out of
the grapes. God presses us
through trouble to bring us into helpless weakness.
Paul said he learned, “…for
when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II Corinthians 12:10)
We will only be driven to find Christ as our all when we are
brought low by trouble. When
we have exhausted our strength, it is then that His strength begins.
LEADING OF TROUBLE
text in Romans 5 tells us that trouble is not the last leading of our
development as a justified child of God.
It is the first in our development of being led to Christ
likeness. Paul said, “…that
tribulation worketh patience…”
Patience is the word for endurance, the ability to lift it and
walk on. Our Lord puts on
us not the heaviest of weights of trouble first, but the lighter.
The lighter builds and conditions us for the heavier.
Let us not whine at the sinus headache.
It will only cause us to fall apart when we are told that we have
brain cancer. He then says, “…patience worketh
word experience means the proof of being tried and true.
We do not know if our trust in Christ is real until we experience
trouble and we find that Christ is tried and true. The experience ‘… worketh hope”.
The word hope is confident expectation.
The justified realize that tribulation is best for it gives us
the confident expectation of one day seeing the ‘Man of Sorrows’ in
Glory. It is there we will
rest in His likeness, justified fully through Calvary’s blood.