Sometimes my biggest problem is—that my problems—have become my god.
Right? List the biggest problems you have right now; you know, the ones you think about or have to deal with every day. Maybe it’s something you need, but don’t have (like money or a relationship); or something you have and don’t want (like a virus). After you’ve made this list, carefully consider this: How much does this problem shape your day, change your emotions, consume your thoughts, control your actions, or prevent your sleep?
For example, if you have a money problem are you working three jobs so that you have no time for God or your family? Or, if you have a health problem, are you so consumed by it that all your energy is focused on getting better with no thought to those who have been put in your extraordinary path so they could find Jesus—through you? Has someone so badly broken your heart so that you can barely function and thus, your life is consumed with sadness?
The fact is—whatever controls our life—is our god. Our problems can be our god too when they control the way we meet our needs. It seems darkly humorous to believe I am worshipping and serving the “problem god”—right? But…
God quite often helps me see the ridiculousness of my own behavior in order to guide me into His path of peace and wisdom!
When any problem dominates my mind, emotions, and behavior so much so, that it not only dominates my waking hours; but it also keeps me awake when I should be sleeping—then there is no doubt that—I have placed that problem on the throne of my heart. Problems are a cruel god. They enslave us. They make us forget who we are and WHO we belong to. Also, when we think this way…
…we have made God smaller than our problems.
We need to break off this love affair with our problems and focus our mind and heart on our relationship with God. The first four of the 10 commandments God gave Moses and the greatest commandment of Jesus—deal directly with our relationship with God. If our relationship with God was on the top of God’s list—it must be vitally important. When our relationship with God is stronger than our relationship with our problems, God is the center of our existence—NOT—our problems. Our thoughts and actions are no longer enslaved by the problem; but rather, we’re so tightly engaged in our relationship with God that His presence is our greatest passion. Our problems—even really, really horrible ones—become secondary. Because we know HIM, and we have no doubt that He can handle THEM.
God is multi-dimensional and runs a universe so enormous that we can’t comprehend all He does. Yet—it is US—He died for. It is US—He passionately loves.
Do you know this wonderful God?
“You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.”Psalms 40:5
When we seek God with all our heart, soul and mind, we see our problems from His perspective. From God’s perspective, YOUR big problem isn’t a BIG problem—after all, He runs a system so vast that we can’t wrap our mind around it.
The solution to ALL of our problems is to let God solve our HEART problem—then, we get to watch Him sort out all the small stuff.
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