On one occasion, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Many psalms reflect this reality. About one third of the psalms are laments prompted by personal and national troubles. In Psalm 77, Asaph cries out to God in his troubles. The symptoms of his distress are sleeplessness, speechlessness, and spiritual doubt. He relentlessly questions God’s character. Eventually, his perspective is transformed when he reflects on the miraculous works of God in the history of Israel.
In times of personal and corporate distress, we do well to remember the remarkable things God has done in the past for us, for our families, for our church, and for our country. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”