Problem-solving (4)

Proverbs 14:15 NIV

The next thing we need to do is evaluate the problem carefully and prayerfully. When we are facing a tough problem or situation, it can be easy to react out of our current emotions and thoughts. We can make decisions we may regret in the future, just because of the strength of the emotions we are feeling in the moment. Here’s what King Solomon said about reacting impulsively instead of taking time to get all the facts. ‘The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.’ ‘To answer before listening – that is folly and shame’ (Proverbs 18:13 NIV). We need to be asking ourselves, ‘Who or what caused this problem? Are we making a mountain out of a molehill? Has it the potential to do real damage, or will we have forgotten about it this time next week?’ Not all problems can be solved instantly. Some require us to think about them carefully, to allow our emotions to calm so that we can think rationally and with perspective, and to pray and seek God’s guidance. He’s got the wisdom we need. The Bible says: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you’ (James 1:5 NIV). By not reacting immediately to our problems, we have the time to get into God’s presence and ask for His wisdom. When we bring our problems to Him, He exchanges our worry and stress for His perfect peace. In Philippians it says: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (4:6-7 NIV).

Gen 6:9-8:4; Matt 24:37-51