How Should A Christian Respond To Life’s Problems

By Tommy Thornhill

Problems are a fact of life and they happen to all people. They cannot be avoided. As long as we live in this old crooked, sinful world we will be confronted with problems. Some problems are easier to deal with than others, but regardless of their size, they have to be dealt with. A few months ago, our world was suddenly hit with a gigantic new problem, the pandemic Corona virus. Since the virus was unexpected, society was caught off guard and unprepared to deal with it. Being unprepared for the intrusion of an unforeseen virus suddenly thrust upon it, society has reacted in various ways, some good and some bad.

While I may question some of the ways people have dealt with the situation the purpose of this article is not to delve into the pros and cons of how society is dealing with the virus, but  how we as Christians deal with this present problem as well as other problems in life. What does the Bible teach us?  “How Should A Christian Respond To Life’s Problems?”

First of all, I am sure that you know by now that God has not promised us a trouble-free life just because we become His people. Every one of the people who served God had to deal with problems in their lives, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, Daniel, Peter, Paul, to name a few. Even Jesus Christ the Lord had to face problems during His life on earth. We are told, “Yes, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” 2.Tim.3:12. While human persecution is under consideration in the verse other types of trials and troubles in life. would be included. Jas.1:2-3 makes this clear, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” So, when the problems come, how should we respond?

While you cannot control the troubles and trials that have come or will come into your life you can control how you handle them. You have a mind that puts you in charge of how you response to any problem that confronts you. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he”

Prov.23:7; 4:23. It is your choice as to whether you surrender and let the problem defeat

you, or you can turn to God for help, realizing you can’t handle the problem by yourself.

So, when the problems come, regardless of how impossible the solution may seem, look up to God. Don’t focus on the size of the problem or try to solve it alone. Instead, focus on the size and greatness of God. There is nothing too great or too powerful able to defeat Him. “For with God all things are possible” Matt.19:26; Mk.10:27; Lk.1:37. With Him helping us, we can overcome all problems, no matter how big they seem to be. “What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us … yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Rom.8:31, 37.

Keep in mind, this “present distress” will soon be taken care of. As with all things, “it will come to pass.” I truly believe that while the problems we are facing at the present time are not pleasant to deal with, good will come later. The immediate context of Rom.8:28 refers to God’s providential past actions in bringing the Messiah into the world, it has an even broader application for us today. “And we know that all things work together for good, those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” As Eccl.3:1 states, “to everything there is a purpose.”

Confronting the present problem has given us the opportunity to grow our faith. Speaking for myself, it has caused me to reexamine my faith, to look for any weak points that might need to be strengthened. I have had to go back to the word and God to make sure I am holding true to God’s word 2.Tim.1:13; I must be ready to give answer for what I believe  2.Tim.2:15; 1.Pet.3:15. How about your faith? Is it stronger now or weaker?

The present problem has made me more conscious of the need to pray to God for help, and I hope it has done the same for you. We must pray for our leaders that they do right in dealing with the problem 1.Tim.2:1-3. While we may not like it we must submit “to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake” 1.Pet.2:13-15; Rom.13:1-7. The only exception is when the laws of man seek to overrule the ordinances of God Acts 4:19-20; 5:29. We must pray continually 1.Thes.5:17 and give thanks to God 1.Thes.5:18 that we have been given a chance to show how much we trust in God’s promises Eph.5:20; 2.Pet.1:4.

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