Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
We have been redeemed from adversity and distress! Distress and persecution cannot separate you from the love of Christ. You cannot work off your sin debt, Jesus had to die. A debt was paid.
1 Samuel 22:1-2
David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
God is consumed with our well being. By his blood, I am redeemed from distress.
Psalms 107:6, 13-13, 19, 28
Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
The distress in our mind has the greatest consequence.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
We can be in a terrible situation but not walk around letting it be obvious. Paul was shipwrecked, it was cold and raining, when he was building a fire he was bit by a viper yet he was not in distress. The savages looking on figured he was cursed by God but when he shook the viper off and lived, they concluded that he was of God.
Trouble your trouble! The way we respond to trouble should convince the on-lookers that we are of God.
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called upon the Lord , and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
The message of this verse is that the Lord hears us.