Where Do You Go When Trouble Comes?

by Eric Dunbar

When trouble comesAs I read my Bible this morning during my morning fellowship with the Lord, my eyes fell upon two verses of Scripture in the Book of John:

“And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives” (John 7:53-8:1).

The place where you permanently live is your home. It is where you instinctively return to at the end of the day when your work is done. Home is where you are the most comfortable. The Mount of Olives was the place where Jesus returned each day to rest (Luke 21:37); it was where Jesus went to have intimate conversation with His Father. The Mount of Olives was home to Jesus; it was where He lived mentally.

When trouble comes everyone goes to his or her own house, to that secret place in which we live inside our own head. That is exactly what Satan wants us to do. Satan is the one who brings trouble. When he brings trouble he wants us to go inside our own head because that is where he plants his seeds of destruction — in our minds.

Whenever trouble reared its ugly head to come against Jesus, He never went to His own house. He always went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus was not influenced by His own thought life. He made it a point to only do what He heard from His Father.

The Bible tells us that we should not trust our own understanding, but that instead, we should seek the council of God for direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). So, where do you go when trouble comes? Do you go inside your own head for direction? Well, you shouldn’t. When trouble comes to destroy you, first recognize that trouble comes from Satan and it only comes to destroy you. Then resolve to never go to your own house because you can be assured that Satan will be waiting for you when you get home. Do what Jesus always did. Go to the Mount of Olives and talk it over with God and then rest in Him, because when you rest, God works.

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