Ps 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Enlarged troubles! Here the psalmist was going through an especially trying time and desperately needed God’s direction and deliverance. Why does God permit “enlarged troubles”? We would naturally think that our Father in heaven wants his children to be comfortable and free from affliction. But that is not the case. God never promises to make us comfortable, but he has promised to make us conformable. Our Father’s purpose is that we might be conformed to the image of His Son. (Rom 8:29) In order to conform us, He must permit us to suffer. Even Christ exemplified obedience through suffering.
“Enlarged troubles” are but the beginning. There is a second step in this process “Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.” (Ps. 4:1) Enlarged troubles can produce enlarged Christians! I said “can” not “will”. We can go through a trial and complain and moan, while God iswanting to do a work in the refining fire of a trial. When we trust God through enlarged trial we become enlarged saints.
How we respond to the difficulties of life helps to determine how long or Father will permit them to continue. I heard it said when our Father permits us to go into the furnace of affliction; he keeps his eye on the clock and his hand on the thermostat. God knows how much we can take and how long we can take it.
What the next step? We see that enlarged troubles lead to enlarged people, and then God takes them to enlarged places. (Ps 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.) When we allow trials to grow and build our walk with the Lord, He takes us to places we never thought possible.
There is simply no way around this Bible principle. If you want to take to see enlarged places, then you must become an enlarged person; and this is done only when we trust in the Lord in enlarged trials.
God has many “enlarged places” that He wants to share with you, but He is looking for enlarged saints…will you be one of them?
- Pastor Sanders