I would think the people of
Jonah faced the problem of going to
Peter faced a problem which caused him to deny the Lord, not just once but three times.
Abraham faced a problem which caused him to have his wife, Sarai, lie on his behalf.
David faced a problem which brought him to his wit’s end.
So what are we to do when we are faced with problems in our lives? There are three questions you must ask yourself and answer honestly to help you have victory over the problems you face.
First of all, is your problem yours
because you’ve taken it from someone else?
Oftentimes we get involved with problems which are not really ours. Absalom did that when he killed Amnon (See II
Samuel 13). Now, you would never take
another person’s personal belongings, would you? The same can be said for problems. If you remember, Americans went to
Secondly, is your problem a result of giving in to temptation? That was Adam’s & Eve’s problem, it was also Abraham’s problem, as it was with David and Bathsheba as well. Giving in to temptation causes problems.
Thirdly, is your problem the result of God’s testing in your life? Often I am asked what the difference is between Satan tempting us and God testing us. Well, Satan always tempts us to go against the Word of God, while God tests us to see if we will obey the Word of God. Another way of putting it is Satan tempts us to do wrong (sin) while God tests us to do right. So is your problem brought on because you have failed to obey God, which produces chastening in your life?While we will never be problem-free, our prayer is that these simple questions can help you understand why you are going through your problem and which hopefully will help in the resolution of your problem.
✞ Problems should always remind us how much we truly need God.
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