Suffering Trouble As An Evil Doer
A few weeks ago, I attended a Church Service, something that for me was the norm, but thanks to Evil Doing, is now, the exception. But while there, the visiting Minister selected for his topic, 2 Timothy 2:9 “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.” Translated, it says that the writer, Paul, was suffering trouble even while in jail.
As a student of the Bible I thought I knew most of its passages. However, this one had escaped me when, in fact, I should have had it hand-embrodiered, mounted in a gold frame, and hung above my entrance door so that I could see it and receive it upon leaving and entering my home. And, now that I think about it, I should have a snapshot of that scripture plastered on the fridge.
Trouble is a thing that everyone alive on this rock deals with every single day in some form or another. However, suffering trouble as an Evil Doer is something else entirely.
What do I mean by that? Let’s say you’re waiting anxiously for your tax refund because, when you get it, you plan to take the family out for dinner someplace fancier than McDonalds or Taco Bell. But a day or two before you expect to get that check, your car breaks down. It’s towed to the repair shop and repaired. There goes the fancy dinner out. Disappointment reigns. Trouble as an Evil Doer.
Or say, you’ve been a bit down on your luck and the light bill has gone unpaid for two or three months. But, finally good fortune smiles on you. You find a job and you’re one week from getting paid. And then bam! ComEd sends you a disconnect notice that says you must pay your bill on the 12th but you don’t get paid until the 15th.
You immediately get on the phone and pour out your heart to the customer service representative but to no avail. You get up on the morning of the 12th and there’s no power. You suffer through three days of living by candle light rush down to the ComEd office to pay the bill only to be informed that now you have to come up with an additional $125.00 to have your lights turned back on. Trouble as an Evil Doer.
Your son or daughter, a straight A student, is introduced to drugs while at a party at a trusted neighbor’s house. Now the straight A’s have become curved D’s. He or she drops out of school and spends his or her days standing in front of YOUR house hustling drugs. Trouble as an Evil Doer.
The first step in combating trouble as an Evil Doer is to recognize it as such. Don’t go around thinking or saying that you’re just having a streak of bad luck.
Luck aint got nothing to do with it. Recognize when you’re being targeted and anticpate the trouble and when you do, you’ll handle it better and prayerfully, the Evil Doer will stop targeting you as much. Bare in mind, that he won’t stop, but it (trouble) won’t hurt as much when you’re prepared.
And watch those Church folks. I’ve had things said to me in Church that I wouldn’t say to my dog!
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