Life is difficult. We all know this. No need to state the obvious, right? But when we are troubled, we often go looking for answers. It’s what we do, how we’re built, and thanks to social media, we have an easy way to find the answers.

I’ve been troubled. Am troubled. I’ve got this situation that I can’t help but mull over wondering what I should do. I’ve prayed. Sought counsel, but still…it gnaws at me.

And then a friend shared a word from the Bible:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
-2 Corinthians 4:7-10 KJV

Troubled, but not distressed. I don’t know about you but my trouble feels like distress. That awful feeling that presses upon you, weighs you down, brings tears to your eyes.

Yet when I looked up the definition, of troubled and distressed it hit me. To be distressed is to be without hope. And y’all, knowing my Heavenly Father loves me gives me hope.

I can’t let my trouble allow me to take my eyes off of the answer, the Heavenly One who created all. He is the answer to any and all questions I may have. He will make a way out of my trouble. He will walk with me in my trial. He will keep me from being destroyed.

We have this treasure in earthern vessels… a Holy Spirit that will comfort us and interceded when I’m troubled.

“…but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered..”
-Romans 8:26 KJV

I have to remember that my trouble is not listening and won’t overtake me. He won’t allow it. It’s hard to remember when my natural instinct may be to panic, but it’s something I have to remember.

I’m NOT distressed.

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Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an Air Force veteran, and a member of the body of Christ. She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She likes to volunteer at her children’s school. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. An avid reader of Christian fiction, she writes reviews on her blog and enjoys helping other authors find readers. She self-published a Christian contemporary romance novella, A Life to Live, and is at work writing her next novel.

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