Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1)
If you are a human being (and I really suspect that you are!) you have “problems.” Big problems. Little problems. Annoying problems. Relationship problems. Problems in life come in all sizes, shapes, and levels of severity. Let’s face it…Planet Earth is totally problematic!
Most of us don’t like to ponder about our problems. We’d rather them go away. But, every day we are faced with some sort of problem, issue, or adversity. We might face traffic jams, late doctor’s appointments, bad test grades, pluming issues, pesky neighbors, a flat tire, burned out garbage disposal, broken dishwasher, spilled shampoo, leaky juice bottle, bad lab results, or being laid off of our job after decades of dedicated service…Let’s be honest problems and adversities are everywhere!
A few synonyms for the word, “problem” include: trouble, difficulties, dilemma, quandary, setback, crisis, and predicament. In the Old Testament book of Job, we find the author boldly proclaiming that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and FULL OF TROUBLE.” And, if anyone knew about troubles it was Job! So, it would seem to me that we need to better prepare our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren to expect problems!
But, sadly, I feel we do not do a good job at preparing ourselves or our offspring to deal with the matter of life’s reoccurring problems and challenges. We want everything in our lives and around us to be “Disney!” Or, we want to be like a sitcom where everything is “fixed” in less than one hour. But, real life is not “Disney” and it’s not a sitcom. Yes; real life is filled with wonderful blessings dazzled with problems!
Can there ever really be a “perfect” day on planet Earth? Of course, there are seemingly perfect moments such as seeing your first child come into this world or witness the birth of your first grandbaby.Those special times and occasions are so filled with JOY that they drive out any thoughts of problems! But, truth be known life’s many unexpected problems and challenges soon reappear and find their way right back into our thoughts and lives.
So, what should we do about all the “problems” of life? The only thing we can do…TRUST in GOD to see us through each and every problem or adversity in HIS name, in HIS time, and in HIS way for the purpose of bringing GLORY to HIM!
One of my favorite Proverbs is found in Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the LORD with ALL thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy naval and morrow to thy bones.” A “trusting” life brings health (comfort) to our mind, body, and soul…Amen.
I believe that if we, especially those of us who Believe and follow the teachings of Christ Jesus, could all look at “problems” as being opportunities to glorify God in ALL things that we could manage our daily lives better and have a better understanding of how to offset or resolve our problems. By trusting God and leaning not on our own understanding, we would then possess the right attitude and right perspective in order to gain wisdom from God in order to face our problem(s) with boldness and confidence; two life-changing ingredients that help us to be overcomers!
So, the question remains, “Got Problems?” And, the answer is, “Yes, I do.” And, so do you. So, today, let us put all of our “problems” into God’s hands, lean not on our own understanding, and TRUST in Him to be life’s problem-solver in His time and in His way…
Let everything on earth de done to Honor and bring glory unto the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. To God be the Glory for great things HE hath done!…Amen…
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author