–October of 2003
Trouble Never Triumphs
Occasionally, the Lord allows us to see a biblical truth illustrated in real life. Sharon Makcen is a fine Christian woman, a phenomenal pastor’s wife, and a mother of three boys. Her husband, Greg, became ill a few months ago with an illness that couldn’t be diagnosed. As Greg’s life slowly ebbed away, Sharon sat with doctors as they offered no answers and little hope. I was with Sharon when the primary physician told her he didn’t know what was wrong and didn’t know what else to do but to transfer her husband to a major university hospital where specialists could work with him. The doctor, who was a Christian, then asked if he could lead the family in prayer. After prayer, Sharon stood in the middle of the room and spoke these words with great conviction, “I know God’s way is best. I have perfect peace in my heart.” A few days later, Greg died. After the funeral, Sharon spoke those same words again, “God’s way is best; I have peace in my heart.”
In the days since, the words of Psalm 34:19 have been ringing in my ears. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” The Psalmist did not say that God’s people would never have pain, heartache, or trouble. Instead, the Psalmist said that the person who puts their trust in God will find that trouble is never the last word, never the final answer. Paul said it this way, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not is despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; stuck down, but not destroyed.” (II Corinthians 4:8-9)
From the deep despair of a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie Ten Boom asked her sister Betsie this question, “Betsie, why has God let this happen to us?” to which Betsie replied, “Corrie, we are here so that the world may know that there is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”
Betsie and Sharon found that in walking with God, trouble never triumphs. And when our day of trouble comes, we too will find the same.