Life is filled with problems – family problems, financial problems, school problems, friend problems, work problems, and the list can go on. Many deal with these problems in different ways – ignore them, bulldoze them, be passive aggressive, make excuses, and many others. How ought a Christian to approach the problems of life? We find the answers to life problems no other place then God’s Word. We approach problems with a Biblical two step process. First, involves the internal disposition:
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Mt 6:31-33)
We must trust God that He will take care of our needs as we faithfully seek Him. Second, involves our actions: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Josh 1:9)
Since we know that God is with us and will take care of us, push through!! We find our confidence in God to overcome anything that comes our way. Robert Frost, the famous 20th century poet, put it this way, “The best way out is always through.” Don’t worry about why this is happening or how can I make these problems stop, but rather ask, “Lord, how can I wisely go about these problems? What is the best way to navigate through them?”
As long as we are breathing, there will be problems, but problems don’t have to define or consume us. Rather they can be an opportunity for God’s glory to be displayed as we trust Him and as we courageously and wisely work our way through them. God bless!