Cheryl is a licensed/ordained minister and the founder of two outreach ministries. She has an AA in Psychology and a BA in biblical studies
Research is important
Within the Christian community, there are a lot of sayings and catchphrases that have caught on over a period of time. Lay people, as well as preachers in pulpits often quote these popular statements and at times will precede them with "The Bible says." In our modern times, thanks to the Internet, a number of believers in Christ are beginning to research the things they hear in church and find out where they are located in scripture. What has been coming to light, however, is that many things we have all been saying are not in the Bible at all. You can read about many of them by clicking on the following link but in this hub, I will only be dealing with the one regarding trouble not lasting. I have heard this slogan in pulpits and also from people I encountered throughout the years. Most often they will say,"You know the Bible says "trouble don't last" but actually that exact wording is not in scripture. This catchphrase comes from a song by the late Bishop Timothy Wright who based it on a scripture that he interpreted to have that meaning.
- Church Slogans and Catch Phrases Are Not Biblical
The body of Christ is embracing and quoting the latest church lingo, rather than hearing and repeating what the Spirit is saying.
The song lyrics
Here are the part of the lyrics to the popular song.
I'm so glad troubles don't last always (Come on put your hands together)
I'm so glad (Hey hey yes I am, trouble don't last always)
Trouble don't last always (I'm so glad)
I'm so glad (Hey yes I am, trouble don't last always)
Trouble don't last always (Can I get a Witness? I'm so glad)
I'm so glad (Yeah hey hey, trouble don't last always)
Trouble don't last always (Listen)May not come when you want Him
But He's on time (on time)In times of trouble, found Him to be
A friend of mine (of mine)In time storm clouds rise
He'll be there (be there)All your burdens
I know the Lord will help you to bear (bear)I'm so glad (Come on put your hands together hear me say, trouble don't last)
Trouble don't last always (Why don't you help the posse, I'm so glad)
I'm so glad (No, no no no no trouble don't last always
There was a day when church goers accepted everything they heard from a pulpit as fact. Today there are so many false doctrines that believers must research for themselves to find out what is accurate and what is not.
Bishop Wright wrote this song based on Psalm 130:5 which was written by King David after the Lord had delivered him during a battle.
4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
In context, this is related to one incident in the king;'s life but in reality, David did suffer from various trials until he passed away. In 2 Samuel 12:10 the prophet announces to David that because he killed Uriah in order to have his wife Bathsheba that there would always be trouble in his home.
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. David's son Amnon raped his daughter Tamar and later Absolom murdered his brother, David's sons bickered, and fought trying to position themselves to be king when their father died. David was cold and miserable before he passed away and had to have Abishag lay at his feet to try to keep him warm.
Our promise in Christ
It may be true that a certain trial may have an expiration date but as long as we live in this earth there will be continuous challenges. Jesus Himself told this to His disciples in John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Believers have the blessed hope of eternal life and reuniting with our loved ones who died in Christ. The song Trouble don't last always is motivating and uplifting but if most people were honest they would have the attitude of "If it ain't one thing it's another." Those who teach name it claim it and speak positive would disagree with this and say I am being negative but I believe in being realistic. I personally do not need to hear false hope from a pulpit or other believers because it profits nothing. I once belonged to a church where the pastor died at age 40 and the members were distraught. His wife stood in the pulpit and said "No more death, increase comes to you." The congregants clapped, said amen, and nodded their heads in agreement. I told my husband that this statement was not based on scripture as people will continue to die until Christ returns and they have been doing just that.
Faith or fiction?
One person told me that he enjoyed hearing something positive and I asked how he benefited when there was no truth to it? There will be a day and time when all the trials of this life will indeed be over and there will be no more trouble. As long as we live in this world of sin there will be trouble no matter how much you sing Bishop Wright's song or quote "Trouble don't last always." If you want to keep your head in the clouds and ignore reality and quote phrases that are not backed up by scripture then that is your right. For those who do not desire their faith to be based on fiction, this hub is for you. No matter what you choose to believe the fact is that Timothy Wright penned these lyrics and they are not based on an actual scripture that states emphatically that trouble will not last. we may all have situations that are for a season but this corrupt world will remain filled with trials and tribulations of one kind or another. This is why we put our faith in Christ to get us through until He calls us home or returns in His second coming.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on May 31, 2021:
Thank you for reading Peggy
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2021:
As long as we live, we are presented with challenges of one kind or another. That song may be heartening to some, so while not Biblical in its source, it might be helpful to some who sing it. Happy Memorial Day!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 31, 2021:
There are so many that take some scripture, but the bulk of the song is not from the Bible. You make several good points in this article, Cheryl. I enjoyed reading this article.
Happy Memorial Day!