Problems. They invade our lives, turning our world upside down with worry and fear. How am I gonna take care of this? What am I gonna do about this? Where am I gonna get the help I need for this? What’s gonna happen to me if I don’t get this resolved?
The thing about problems is that they are not exclusive to any age, race, group, financial standing or social status. Problems will come knocking on your door unannounced no matter how poor or rich you are, no matter how much you love Jesus, or how strong and resourceful you think you are.
If you’re reading this right now, the chances are pretty high that you have some kind of problem in your life right now that you’ve been praying about, an issue that’s been weighing heavy on your heart, a dilemma that you have no idea how to resolve.
Well, what if I told you that you don’t have to worry about your problem because there is already a solution for it? All you have to do is wait on it to be revealed to you?
Let me take you back into time to ancient Israel for a moment. Back to Exodus 15 when Moses was leading the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the desert. They were running out of water. They were thirsty. Their throats were parched. Their little children were crying for thirst. Their animals were struggling under the weight of heavy burdens and the heat of the sun with no water to refresh them.
“Moses, what are we gonna do? We need water,” they beg of their leader. “Did you bring us all the way out here in the desert just to die? It would have been better if we had just remained as slaves back in Egypt. At least we had water there.”
They finally come to a water hole. Surely, they are excited with relief and joy, thinking, “Finally!” But, one sip of that bitter water, and they are spitting it out. Suddenly, they realize that not only is their problem not solved, but it’s made even worse.
Don’t you ever feel that way sometimes? That your problems just multiply? Just when you think you got one managed, two or three more pop up, piling on top of the first one?
What do you do in a time like this? You might feel like giving up. “Lord, I just can’t take any more of this.”
But, watch what happens to Moses and the children of Israel. God “showed” Moses a tree. (Ex. 15:25) And, when Moses cast that tree into the bitter water hole, the water turned sweet. Problem solved.
Now, let’s think about this tree for a minute. It was the solution to their problem. And the whole time they were sitting there complaining and crying about the water being bitter, there that tree was nearby.
How long do you think that tree had been there? Most likely, it had been growing for several years. And when God led them in a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, He was leading them to that bitter water hole where He knew was that particular tree. I mean, who do you think planted that tree there?
You see, long before Moses ever led the children of Israel out of Egypt, God had a plan. And, he knew there would be a problem with his children needing water, so He planted that tree there. He knew when they got to that point in the journey, they would be thirsty. And, He knew the tree would be there, waiting on them. By the time they realized they had a problem, God had long before provided the solution.
By the time you know you have a problem, God has already prepared the solution. All you have to do is wait for Him to “show” it to you.
Let me give you a brief personal example. Years ago when I was a young single mother, I had gotten behind on my rent. I was so worried about what I was going to do about it that I was feeling physically sick. I was praying for God’s help.
Well, a knock came to my door. It was Leah, a good friend of mine who lived in the same apartment complex as me. Leah was disabled and in a wheelchair, but that never stopped us going everywhere together: church, shopping, out to eat, doctor’s appointments, etc.
Leah told me she had decided to come for a visit. There she and I were talking about this, that and the other. And she says to me, “Karen, what’s the matter? I can tell something is wrong.”
So, I just spill out the beans and started crying, telling her I just didn’t know what I was going to do.
And, she looks at me just so calmly and says, “Well, that’s not a problem. I can help you catch the rent up, and you can just pay me back in installments.”
What? I would never have dreamed that my friend Leah could help me because I just assumed she lived on a fixed income and had her own problems trying to make ends meet.
The whole time that I was worrying myself literally sick, God had a solution and even sent Leah to my door that very day.
No matter what your problem is, God has a solution and He will reveal it to you.
You might think, “Well, needing water and rent money are pretty serious problems. What about little problems?”
Just as there is no problem too big for God to handle, there is no problem too little for God to care about either.
Do you remember Zacchaeus in the gospel account of Luke? Zacchaeus had a “little” problem. He was shorter than most other men. And, one day Jesus and His disciples were coming down the road. People were gathering around, excited about this great healer and prophet coming to town.
Zacchaeus had heard about Jesus and really wanted to see him, but he couldn’t see over the heads of the taller men. What am I gonna do about this, he wonders.
He looks around and sees a sycamore tree and gets the idea to climb up it so he can get a good view of this Jesus when He passes by.
And when Jesus came near to that tree, he looked up and saw Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus! Hurry and come down from there because today I must stay at your house.”
Did you catch that? Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ name even though they had never met. Jesus knew him and knew his problem just like He knows your name and your problem. He also knows the solution.
So, my friend, I encourage you to know that whatever your problem is right now, Jesus has a solution already prepared for you. Don’t worry. Don’t be anxious. Don’t get uptight. Just ask Him to “show” you the solution. Then, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.” (Ex. 14:13)
And if I may finish with these words: Don’t be afraid to share your problems with trusted friends. You never know, one of them may be the tree God has planted for you.
Can you relate to Moses and the Israelites? Have you ever had a problem and God “showed” you the solution? Let us know in the comments. Your experience may be just the encouragement someone is needing right now.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and may God bless you!
Karen L. Roberts is a freelance writer, writing about everything under the sun, from travel to health, business, crafts, and animals. However, her greatest passion is writing for God. Karen has experienced the mercy, grace, and love of God in her life and longs to use her love for writing to honor Him and help others grow closer to Him.
Karen is the author of “Jack’s Story: A Love Story of God and You,” a modern-day Christian love story based on the biblical Book of Hosea. When Karen is not writing, she is playing with her two young grandsons, the second-greatest passion of her life.
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