No Problem is Never as Big as it Looks

Wednesday. July 5th, 2006

Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” And the Spirit says, “No problem is ever as big as it looks.” When I find myself in a difficult situation all my problems appear to be as big as mountains and I will be the first to tell you, “I am not a skilled mountain climber.” If I reach the point in life where I see my situation as being impossible, I am resigning my fate to defeat and will do everything in my power to try to avoid my problem. That kind of thinking is silly because my problem will always be right before me. If I look forward the problem is there. If I look to my right the problem will be there, or to the left, or behind me, the problem is still present. I cannot escape my problems by trying to run away from them and at some point I will have to deal with it before I can move on with my original plan of action. If I want to conquer my mountain sized problems, I will have to find a person who is a skilled problem solving mountain climber to help me overcome my mountain size problems. I have found that person in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God wrote the script for the Book of Life which was completed before the creation of the earth and He knows about every situation I will encounter in life. He ordained every situation that will confront me that I might learn something from them and become a stronger person because of them. That is how much He is concerned about my success in life, and in death. When I begin to look at my problems as learning experiences and understand they are placed in my life to teach me I am not an island, but rather to lean upon the Lord who is all wise to show me how to overcome them; I will graduate to another level in my walk with the Lord. I have come to understand there is always a positive in every negative situation. The Lord is my positive influence and when I understand this I will learn from Him, follow His instructions, and overcome the problem which is the negative force attempting to stall my efforts to please the Lord during my time of temptation. However, all problems are not easily solved just as all storms are not just light rain showers,  but we will get through the problem and we will pass through the storms of life if we follow God’s directions, make preparations for such an event, apply ourselves and what we have learned from past experiences. Sometimes problems last for days, months and even years, but as long as we don’t give up on the Lord, we will not only survive our problems, we will overcome them. We have God’s Word on it. Isaiah 43 “Fear not, O Israel: (Insert your name here) ____________  for I have redeemed you, I have called you by my name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

**Addendum to my original journal entry. The Lord identified Himself at the end of this particular scripture as “Your Savior.” He was not only the Savior of Israel in the Old Testament, but He is the Savior of the members of the New Testament church who will become the bride of Christ. So what He said to Israel in the OT also applies to the bride of Christ in the NT. We all belong to the Lord; and it is His desire that we understand that He is not only our creator, but our Hero, our Savior, and outlines for us what we must do to qualify to become a part of the bride of Christ. He is the one who forgives us of our sins, washes us in His blood and assists us in our walk with Him so we might become holy and pure, worthy of such a Husband and Savior who absolutely adores us, as we should Him. DThrash

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