Devotional: ‘Where Do You Turn When You Have a Problem?’

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Often, whenever we have a problem, we try to solve it on our own and without the help of God. Such efforts are not only futile, they may also be fatal. Consider this story found in the Bible.

Scripture says that King Asa of Judah was facing an invasion from an enemy nation. In order to try to solve his problem, he took the silver and gold from the temple and used it to bribe other nations to help him. Though his scheme seemed to work, it displeased the Lord and in response God said these words to him:

“Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time, you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been!  From now on you will be at war.” (2 Chronicles 16:7-9)

Rather than solving his problem, Asa only made it worse. God not only rebuked him for lack of trust, the Lord also removed His hand of blessing from him.

Who do you turn to whenever there is a problem? Do you look to your own resources or seek the help of your friends? Or do you put your trust in God? Scripture teaches us that God is aware of all of our needs and He is always willing to help. God told Asa: “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” God is looking for people who desperately need Him.

I close today with these words of encouragement from Paul concerning the importance of using prayer to manage our problems.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

 

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