Life without problems...
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Where did I ever come up with the thought that I, in any way, deserve a life without problems? When I accepted Jesus as my Savior, I became a new person in him. He told his disciples - those who held his hand, prayed with him, lived with him - that in the world they were going to have troubles. Why do I think it would be any different for me?
It is possible to live my life in the midst of adversity. I trust that, no matter what happens around me, the Holy Spirit is there to see me through. I need to get out of myself and trust him. His Light can shine through me when I trust him in the darkest of times.
When things seem like they are going in an uncomfortable direction, I need to seek him for direction and trust Him. He is more glorified in the loving, caring, right responses that he inspires. Only he, not me, can bring others to his saving grace.
Lord, thank you that you do not protect me from going through what I perceive as problems. I know that "all things work together for good" because you said it. I need to stop and count my problems as blessings and ask you to give me the wisdom to move through the difficult times.
How do you deal with problems as they come your way? What role does God play in the solutions?