In the midst of trouble
When we walk in the midst of trouble, we often think that is the end of the road. We put our heads down and accept the "inevitable" defeat that lingers openly in the future. Often we would like to think that disaster always hides in the shadows, when in reality we have all experienced the moments when it seems as if misfortune is the only thing in front of us. This is hopelessness. We are left with nothing but the anticipation of only bad to come. That is what hopelessness is: knowing that the future ends in death. What we have will come to an end.
As a sports fan, I might occasionally flip on the NBA Finals. As a Cleveland sports fan, however, of course I'm going to watch the NBA Finals. If you've been following this series, you know that the future is very bleak for my beloved sports team. No team in NBA history as came back after trailing in the series 3-1.
It says in Psalm 138:7 "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me." It isn't until we are in the midst of trouble and hopelessness is pounding at our door that we really have the chance to succeed at times. The Cavs were able to win on the road at Oracle Arena tonight because they were humbled and had to rely on something else to win. For us as humans, it is the same way. The Lord wants to save us, but as it says in this verse, His right hand doesn't come down to save us until we are humbled by realizing that we are not able to do it by ourselves. Our future may look bleak, like the Cavs' still does, but realizing that we can't do it ourselves is when we truly have the opportunity to succeed through the midst of trouble.