Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from experiencing problems. Generally, believers view the word “problem” in negative terms. What looks like a problem to you, God sees as an opportunity. A problem demands God’s wisdom in order to successfully navigate challenges that will surface. As a Child of the Most High God, your purpose includes the positive and the negative. During this season, it’s critical to seek God and ask for His wisdom for “every” area of your life and how to apply it. Embedded within each problem is the solution, purpose, lessons to be learned, revelation, provision, and promise. God created you to solve, not hide from problems. The problem serves as the content of your testimony. It’s an opportunity for growth that God uses to build trust in Him, promote humility in you, and cultivate compassion for others.
Satan would have you think God has abandoned you when a problem arises. Romans 8:38-39 lets us know that absolutely nothing can separate you from God’s love. In His wisdom, God uses adverse circumstances to work out His will for your good, according to His purpose and for His glory. God won’t abandon you in the heat of the problem; He’ll show Himself strong. Trust God to work things out on your behalf.
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength.” It’s important to notice the order of the words in this passage of Scripture. Refuge comes before strength. The text implies our strength comes as we seek refuge in God. God is, “A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). God doesn’t always take trouble away. Rather, He equips you with His strength to persevere and endure through His process. Whether the problem is unemployment, financial lack, marital issues, a rebellious child, the loss of a loved one, or sickness, God’s presence is with you. Even if you can’t see or feel Him, keep reminding yourself out loud, “God is with me.” Whatever hardship you’re experiencing is meant to draw you to closer to the Lord. Spending time with God, reading and studying His Word, worship and giving Him thanks in all things develops deep roots in the Lord. When you’re rooted in Christ, the winds of adversity should cause you to hold fast to Him.
A problem is an opportunity that seeks a solution to the tension presented by the dilemma. Whether the difficulty is a person, work assignment, personal inadequacy, unmet need, fear or a situation, the problem is a giant God has empowered you to conquer. God uses problems to teach you how to live a victorious life. No problems. No victory. Suffering and trouble should cause you to pray. Pray with anticipation and expectation like all things are available to you. Faith makes all things possible (Mark 9:23).
The greater the problem, the greater the opportunity. In God’s eyes, the problem has already been worked out. Your need has already been met. The answer has already been released. As you look to God for the solution to your problem, pray for His wisdom, and ask Him to show you how to achieve success in the opportunity embedded in the problem.
Until next time…Be Blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson