Quite often someone tells me, “I wish I didn’t have that problem.” They want to move away, run from a situation, change connections or relationships, or close their eyes, wishing the problem would pass. In time they learn that escapism provides no long-term escape.
In life, you can be overcome by problems. Those overcome by problems get bitter, dejected, angry, hostile, lonely, cynical, and miserable. What a tearful way to live!
I am yet to meet a person who does not have problems in life. Even those who say “I’m fine, thank you” or have cute posts on social media are dealing with something that’s not fine in their lives. Problems are like breathing; living assumes breathing and living assures problems. Recently, a person considered highly successful and comfortably settled in life came to visit me. During our conversation, this person confided in me that they’d give everything up if that would eliminate a particular problem. We agreed that if that problem was eliminated, the next one would surely come along.
There is a better way, a means to overcome problems in your life. The Bible shares this strategy: “Whoever has been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (I John 5:4,5) The primary context of this text reveals a total submission of one’s life (pleasures & problems included) to the lordship and leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ, who can handle your problem much better than you.
You see, friend, you may not have a choice with problems in your life, but you do have a choice in how problems don’t conquer you: faith in Jesus. Hand your life, with all its problems, over to the Lord Jesus. Try it. Be surprised😊 –