Problems exist in nearly every area of life: family, school, money, careers and relationships. The longer we live, the more problems we’ll face. Learning to handle life’s problems is essential to our health and happiness, peace of mind and spiritual well-being.
Most difficulties we encounter are little more than small disruptions in our daily routines. Others are more challenging and can cause increased pain and suffering. Then there are the really big ones---problems so immense that they tower over us like giants, threatening to destroy us. These troubles can be quite intimidating, promising to crush us if we buckle under their weight.
How about you? Do you feel that your trials are getting the best of you? Are you tired and battle-weary? Do you just want to escape from your problems? If so, don’t lose heart. There is a way to face these giants.
The Apostle Paul epitomizes the attitude we need if we are to successfully conquer our worst problems. He was inspired to write, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, stuck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
There are two ways we can approach giants: We can run toward them, or away from them.
We can flee in fear, or we can take the positive approach of faith to our problems.
In the book of Numbers chapter 13 and 14 we have the example of those sent to spy out the land of Canaan. God spoke to Moses commanding him to send spies into the land. After 40 days they returned. Their report acknowledged that Canaan was everything God promised—a place flowing with milk and honey. The people in Canaan were strong, with large fortified cities. And the more they thought about it, the bigger and bigger these problems seemed to grow. They ended their report by saying, “the land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight.” Numbers 13:32-33.
We must not make the mistake the Israelites made and allow ourselves to cave under the pressure of our problems. While we may indeed be outnumbered and outmatched, we must never forget that God is our deliverer. If your problems seem too big it may be that your God is too small.
Continued next week.