Recently I read a piece which hit home on the subject courtesy of Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling". Here are her words: "Do not long for the absence of problems in your life. That is an unrealistic goal, since in this world you will have trouble. You have an eternity of problem-free living reserved for you in heaven. Rejoice in that inheritance, which no one can take away from you, but do not seek your heaven on earth. Begin each day anticipating problems, asking Me to equip you for whatever difficulties you will encounter". Wow....if that's not spot on!!!
|We're wired one way.....or so we think|
Where our young lad found a "tickle"....many others would perhaps describe it as a "weight on the brain". Because that's what the days have become to them.....a constant search in ridding themselves of life's hiccups.
I found myself drifting to the Bible for a thought...."who would I think faced one of the biggest problems in their life?" Let's see. There was Noah, Joseph, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Peter, just to name a few. And of course, Jesus. He would be the problem sufferer leader hands down. But then I thought of Daniel. And clearly, he made real sense to me.
Many of us know the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den. Daniel, in Daniel 6, is a highly esteemed government official whose colleagues become jealous of. Seeking to get rid of him and knowing that he is a religious man, his colleagues convince the king to enact a decree saying that prayer can be made to no God except for the King. Once the decree is made, Daniel continues on praying and giving thanks to his Lord just like he always did. When he is caught, his colleagues tell their king and he is forced to throw Daniel into the den of lions. The next morning, the king finds Daniel alive. The lions had not harmed him. The point? Daniels faith in his God is what made him great in the first place. Knowing he would not recant regardless of what happened to him....despite the problems he's facing.
Is there a simple solution? Some would say yes and some would argue that it's a life-long battle....however,
"The best equipping is My Living Presence, My hand that never lets go of yours", concludes Sarah Young. "Discuss everything with Me. Take a lighthearted view of trouble, seeing it as a challenge that you and I together can handle. Remember that I am on your side an I have overcome the world".
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight"-Proverbs 3-5;6