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One of the universal facts of life is that no matter who you are, where you live, or what your position is life is you will experience problems. Everyone regardless of sex, age, nationality, culture, and status will have some form of problem that will interrupt your life.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
How do we cope with the problems of life?
Realize that you are not alone
Problems just seem to be a part of living in this fallen and sin soaked world. We have hope in the midst of our problems that one day Jesus will return to redeem this sinful world and wipe away ever problem with that redemption. Until that day, we need to realize that we are not alone. While everyone does experience problems, we do not experience the same kind of problems or the same severity of problems.
Here are few Biblical examples of people who experienced problems in life:
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers
Job lost everything in a single day
John the Baptist was executed for no good reason
The apostles were beaten and tortured for preaching the gospel
When you experience problems and hardships remember you are not alone and that you are in good company.
Understand that God is our source of strength
The Apostle Paul understood the reality of problems and afflictions in life. He endured incredible persecution and suffered in extreme ways that gave him a unique perspective on the issue of problems. When Paul wrote to the Roman Church he spoke on this issue: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Paul does not say that God is at work in a few things, several things, many things, or even most things. God brings something good in all things. Even the worst circumstances in life, God can still work, still create changed lives, and still bring about His divine purpose. Our problem is that we become fixated with the problems around us and miss the work of God.
Problems make us appreciate heaven
If this life was perfect and there were no problems, why would we want to go to heaven? The answer is that we would not care about the existence of heaven. Our struggles and problems make us long for heaven. Each day we see reminders of the nature of this world and this life. We see the corruption and the spiritual decay that exists.
Here are a few examples of this world's corruption around us:
Children are abused each day
People are shot and killed for no reason
Drug dealers continue to peddle their poison
People across the globe are starving
Hurricanes destroy homes and take lives
Children are kidnapped
All of these things make us desire a life that is free of the corruption, free of the affliction, and free of problems. Heaven is the only place that this reality can happen.
Problems are just a temporary situation
As Christians, we have the hope of heaven and we understand that the problems we face will one day pass away. Problems are a reality of this world. Jesus makes is abundantly clear: In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.
The next time you feel overwhelmed by the problems around you, remember you are never alone, God is at work in the midst of them, and there will be a day when they will pass away.
Written By David Dewitt, contributing writer