An Encouraging Word
PROBLEMS OR OPPORTUNITIES?
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)
From time to time, all of us face problems (heartaches, disappointments and loss). It seems like trouble makes a visit to everyone’s home at one point or another. Most of the time it is uninvited, but that doesn’t seem to matter at all. Trouble just rolls right on in like he owns the place and it won’t matter if he is on the agenda or not. None of us are exempt, and neither are our families. When we are troubled, our Father God stands ready, willing, and waiting to come to our aid with protection, healing, deliverance or whatever we need.
When we call on Him with heartfelt prayers, He will answer us every time. “Casting all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
When we run into problems or misunderstandings in our relationships (family, friends or our job), we must address the issues sooner rather than later. Most problems are easily solved when they are new or small and it keeps things from blowing up and getting out of control. Ignoring problems without addressing them is tempting, but irresponsible at best, and can make things seem much worse than they really are.
A pastor once said it like this: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems. Unsolvable without God’s wisdom, that is.” It has been said that when God sends you on a journey, He will direct your path and light your way, even if it’s one step at a time. From walking the mountains and valleys in my own life, I have found that to be quite true. “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
“Lord, sometimes our problems are simply too big for us, but they are never too big for You. We will turn all our problems over to You, Lord, and we will trust You today, tomorrow and for all of eternity. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.”
Larry Spellman – Chaplain Family Activity Center