Numbers 21:4 NKJV
To reach the Promised Land the Israelites had to ‘go around the land of Edom’ (v. 4 NKJV). This made their journey much longer, and ‘the people became very discouraged on the way.’ Between us and our ‘promised land’, we will face issues that have to be resolved. If we are not equipped for them and we don’t deal with them, we will become discouraged too. Problems are often temporary tests of our determination, ability, and faith in God. They’re opportunities to grow our faith, trust in God, and move forwards. So over the next few days we are going to be taking a look at problem-solving. First, we need to recognise that we will always have problems. Jesus never promised us an easy and challenge-free life. In fact, He said: ‘In this world you will have trouble’ (John 16:33 NIV). But He went on to say: ‘But take heart! I have overcome the world’. Our problems don’t have to overwhelm us, because we have a God who has already overcome. Paul said, ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever’ (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV). The problems we are facing today are an opportunity for God to do for us or through us what we can’t do by ourselves. He is the ultimate problem-solver. He can solve the problems which seem impossible to us. We just need to take the problems to Him. The Bible says: ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). He wants to hear about all of our problems. He wants to help us solve them.