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Meditation in Times of Trouble

When we face times of trouble, our minds often focus so much on our struggles that we fail to see life through the lens of Scripture. As a result, we often fail to grow as we should in the midst of our trials and we miss spiritual opportunities that God has ordained for us.

Meditation keeps God’s word foremost on our minds. We are then able to interpret all of life’s circumstances in light of God’s revealed truth. The psalmist established a pattern of meditating on God’s word. When he faced the challenging circumstances of life, he knew that it was God’s word that would sustain and revive him.

Even though princes sit and talk against me, your servant meditates on Your statutes.
Psalm 119:23

May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; but I shall meditate on Your precepts.
Psalm 119:78

My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word.
Psalm 119:25

This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.
Psalm 119:50

I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O LORD, and comfort myself.
Psalm 119:52

If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me.
Psalm 119:92–93

I am exceedingly afflicted; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
Psalm 119:107

Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word.
Psalm 119:154

Great are Your mercies, O LORD; revive me according to Your ordinances.
Psalm 119:156

Are you in the midst of difficult circumstances? Get in God’s word. Study it, ponder it, and apply it to your life and circumstances. Always remember that it is God, through His word, who will revive you – even if you are “exceedingly afflicted” (v. 107).

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58