We always encountered a problem. Sometimes we are surprised, sometimes we have foreknowledge, and sometimes we have no knowledge of it at all. Our problem is not really the problem, but how we look at them, how we chose to be affected and reacted to it , and where do we seek for support system to solve it.
What is our perspective of problems?
The first concern one should settle is what kind of understanding you have concerning problems. This will guide us on how we look on those things. If you will think that it is bigger than you, or bigger than solutions, or bigger than God, then it consumes you. Here’s how we can overcome them.
2Co 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
From this verse we are admonished that those who were already in Christ have to;
1.View problems as a ‘light’ things, meaning not heavy or burdensome
2.Consider it not as constant or permanent, but just for a moment or temporary
3.See it with purpose-it “worketh for us,” meaning it still has an advantage or good benefits for us
4.Look not on them or have our focus away from them
Things on this earth are temporal only, and therefore whatever problems will soon be finished ,be gone and solved.Sometimes it is His way of allowing circumstances for people to seek Him.
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Why are we reacting to so badly?
Another concern is our reaction to problems . Why are you reacting negatively when you can react positively? If you will think of the impossibility of your situation, then it overwhelms you .If you will react on the basis of the flesh rather than on the basis of faith, the word of God and what He has promised for us, then we can be at peace even in the midst of turmoil, although it is not instantaneous but in a process.
Here are some examples of believers who chose to react positively
2Co 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
1Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
James writing to the tribes that were scattered
Jas 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
And Paul writing to the members of Christ’s body
2Co 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
Whatever trials we have we must react by
1.Not fixing our gaze upon them
2.Not to be anxious nor be grieved
3.We have to rejoice
4.We have to endure
5.We have to seek God and pray
6.We must be encouraged by His promise
When do we stop solving it by our own?
Some people’s problem concerns how long they tried to solve it. Many thrive on solving it in their own way. When we think that we can do so with any problems at our whims, when we depend on what we can do, rather than on not doing it alone, then hen it leads us to failures it will be more painful.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
2Co 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Whatever trials we have, we must
1.Admit our incompetence
2.Claim competence only through Christ
3.Depend on His grace
Whom do we seek for help?
Another problem is where do we seek for help. If you will think that there is no help for you or no available solutions for your case, if you will think that you are alone, then it blunders you.
Act 7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
When we are in trials we must seek help
1.From the Sovereign One
2.From God Who can do beyond what we ask and imagine (Eph.3:20)
3.From Him through Whom all blessings flow
He will make a way to help you
1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Man may run dry of helping us, of understanding us, but not God.
He will never leave nor forsake those who are in Him. Don’t make Him as your last option or a reserve, because He is your best and only choice that is available. When He gives the solution, problems will no longer be a problem.
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,