So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
It sometimes feels as if the fog of doubt and fear of darkness will never lift from our lives. The promises of God seem to get swallowed up by the problems we face. We want to curse our crisis – not praise God in the midst of that crisis. The hurt and pain overwhelm our faith, and we lose sight of the fact that this world is not our home and the troubles we face are only temporary. Lift up your eyes, friend. Fix your heart and mind on God – He is with you – and makes every problem point to a promise.
Promise of direction – Proverbs 20:30 “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”
God uses problems to show us the way. We would walk through the wrong door if He didn’t close it. A month ago I began praying about a young man I met some years ago. I began to pray, “Lord, if he is not the one, just close the door.” The very next conversation I had with this young man ended our friendship.
Promise of correction Psalm 119:71-72 “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”
Promise of protection Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it keeps you from being hurt by something more serious.
Promise of perfection Romans 5:3-4 “We can rejoice when we run into problems … they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders.
God is at work in and around you. You may not see His hand, hear His voice or even understand His process, but you can rest assured that you can trust His heart. Remember, every problem points to a promise.
Lord, I am tired of trying to face my problems in my own strength. Today, I choose to fix my gaze on You and praise You for Your presence and power in my life. I will give You praise, knowing You take up residence in the praises of Your people. I will walk through my fear, knowing You are with me. I declare my belief in Your willingness to help me face anything that comes my way. I trust You with my problems, Lord.
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