7th July 2011

When Problems Arise – ‘Seek’

“Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
Deliver me from evildoers
and save me from those who are after my blood.”
Psalm 59:1-2 (NIV)

We all experience problems from time to time as we go through life —problems to do with health, work, family, friends, money, and the list can be endless!  There is a well known saying, ‘It never rains but it pours!’

And sometimes we wish problems came in stages:  One problem today, then another in three weeks time, so that we could have a ‘problem holiday’ to help us cope!  I guess if life was like this then it would be easy.  Someone said to me recently, “If it was easy we would be all doing something wrong.”  Even Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

So, sadly, things do not go our way.  Most of us in this country are safe, well housed and food is plentiful.  I am mindful that we should pray for others who may have many, many more problems, such as those in third world countries with no food, no house; nothing apart from the clothes they are in, and even these are rags.

The best solution, when problems arise is to stay calm and relax (sometimes easier said than done), take time out, and to seek guidance from God and your church ministry.  If we seek guidance this can prevent a hasty decision or reaction to situations, and hasty decisions can cause even more problems.  If, for example, you have an issue with a person, then pray for them also.  You don’t know if they may be hurting over an issue you are not aware of.  The Bible gives us some guidance here as we read in Matthew 5:44 Jesus’ words, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”.  God loves us even though we sin, and in fact sent his Son to die for us.

So, let’s try to prevent problems and worries, but if they come, seek God’s help.

Prayer
Father, thank you that we can come to you any time for help, and can talk openly to you about our day to day woes.  Deliver us from our enemies, but help us to pray, as Jesus did, not our will, but yours be done.
Amen

Study by James Esom

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