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March 14, 2017, 1:27 PM

The Problem with Problems


“The righteous cry, and the LORD hearth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

We don’t like problems.  The problem with problems is that we typically try to avoid them.  Trying to avoid a problem often leads us into another problem.  Either we can’t avoid the problem we were trying get away from or, getting away from one problem has led us into another.  

There is an old African proverb that says: “Instead of asking God to take away a problem, ask Him for a stronger back and broader shoulders.”

Most of us ask God to eliminate or clear out the traffic of our lives instead of relying on God to help us navigate the speed bumps and pitfalls of life.  Everyone likes to cruise in the fast lane of life, but while cruising through life we often miss what God is trying to tell us.  

Perhaps we need to change our point of view when it comes to problems.  Instead of avoiding problems perhaps we should see them as an opportunity to see God at work, directing us through and overcoming the problem.  

Jesus never seemed to try to avoid problems.  Problems were opportunities to display the power and glory of God.  Sick, lame, or blind?  No problem!  Dead? Seems like a big problem, but not to Jesus, just ask Lazarus or Jairus’ daughter!  

Running from your problems does not make you stronger nor does it make you closer in your walk with God.  But, embracing the problem and overcoming it by the strength of the Lord increases your faith and brings glory to God.  

The Next time you find yourself face to face with a problem, hurdle, trial, or fear, pray that God would help you overcome it in a way that will bring glory to Him and increase your faith while drawing you closer to Christ.  

It is only then that you will really learn...There is no problem with problems.


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