“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4
1. WHEN YOUR REQUEST IS WRONG, GOD IS DENYING YOU
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3
2. WHEN YOUR TIMING IS WRONG, GOD IS DELAYING YOU
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
3. WHEN YOUR COURSE IS WRONG, GOD IS DIRECTING YOU
Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Jonah 1:7
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. Jonah 2:1
4. WHEN YOUR LIFE IS WRONG, GOD IS DISCIPLINING YOU
Hebrews 12:4-11 (NIV)
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
5. THROUGH IT ALL, GOD IS DEVELOPING YOU
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5