Sunrise at church

God > My Problems

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident

Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

It’s easy to worry and get carried away by the cares of this world. Many times we let the troubles of this life affect our minds, hearts, and emotions, because it is easier for us to worry than to trust God. However, we are being commanded in God’s Word over and over again that we should not worry. One example is Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Here Paul is saying that we are not to be anxious, troubled, or distressed by the cares we have in life. He’s not saying that we are not to be concerned or to care about the things that are going on in our lives. Rather, God is saying we are to pray and lift all our petitions, appeals, and requests to Him with a heart that is thankful. In other words, as Christians, God is commanding us to place our focus on the right place. Better yet, He is commanding us to place our focus on the right person, our God, Creator, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The object of our focus will be the object of our transformation. If the object of focus are the problems and trials of this world, our view of God’s power and work will diminish. However, if the object of focus is God, the problems and trials – no matter how big – will become small. God’s amazing work and power will transform a heart that is fully trusting in Him.  

Are you facing challenges and trials right now? Are you going through some problems that are making you feel discouraged and overwhelmed? Examine your heart and ask God to help you focus on Him. Keep your eyes on God, trust in Him and not on your self. Depend on Him, because He is bigger and greater than the problems and difficulties of life. There are pains and hurts, but God is our strength. He knows everything we are going through. I close with this passage and may you meditate upon it: 1 Cor. 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

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