“O Zion, you who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, and be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’” — Isaiah 40:9(emphasis mine)
I encounter problems every day. We all experience hardships and obstacles to our enduring peace and happiness. If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, you face a daily conflict that parallels what the United States is experiencing in its “war on terror.”
When we face these challenges, how do we deal with them? Does the Bible give any direction as to how we are to deal with the very real hardships we encounter? Yes, there are answers!
The Bible says there are two ways man can deal with the problems that confront him—man’s way or God’s way. One way “sounds good” (Proverbs 14:12); while the other is just plain “sound” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Man’s way in dealing with problems says, “The most important step you can take to shrink or eliminate any problem is to face it, analyze it, and start taking action to solve it.” While difficulties rarely go away without effective action, all major problems usually started small and grew as God was ignored in the equation. Much less energy and effort would be needed if we would seek to bring God into the circumstance and approach the challenge His way.
God’s way in dealing with problems is to turn your focus on Him! Isaiah challenged Judah to, “Behold your God!” When we come into God’s presence, our problems become small. What we did perceive as intimidating and insurmountable becomes miniscule and manageable.
Focusing on God and not our circumstances allows Him to lead us to powerful and creative solutions. When He becomes our focus, He becomes our source for knowing, our force for going and our course for growing (Romans 11:36).
It’s our choice when problems come: we can approach them man’s way and experience what man can do, or we can approach them God’s way and experience what God can do. So…
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”