“Problems can slow us down temporarily but they don’t have the ability to stop us.Only we have that power.”
Over at In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus the above quote is being discussed. Many bloggers have shared insightful thoughts and it is a blessing to read and share with others.
Problems are a fact of life. They are real and they come without invitation, they come at unexpected times. They can be small as in annoying or they can be big as in crippling. The only thing you can anticipate or plan ahead for is that a problem will come.
Since these problems will come, what can we do when they come? We must continue moving through them. They will slow us down and change a lot of things in our lives, but it is not a reasonable solution to stop and let the problem overtake us.
As a Christian, we serve a God - the true and living God who sees and knows every single thing going on. These problems do not take Him by surprise. In fact, according to His Word - "All things work together for the good of those who love Him". This includes problems. Problems can change us - for the good. Almost always in a Christian's life, when a problem hits, they hit their knees - in prayer. That is always a good thing! Problems can reveal our weak areas, areas where need strength. Problems can cause us to reevaluate situations. When we are in this more vulnerable state, we have a teachable heart and if we listen closely, we will hear the voice of the Lord, guiding us and giving us hope, wisdom and strength to make it through.
The last part of this quote - only we have that power - the only true power we have comes from God, but His power is limitless. God's Word also tells us that "when we are weak, we are strong in Him because His strength is made perfect in weakness" (II Corinthians 12:9). We are to rejoice in our weakness for that is when His strength comes through and that is a glorious, limitless thing!
So remember that each problem will serve a purpose and we can go in the strength of the Lord and come out better on the other side of the problem. A verse I hold dear to my heart when I am weakened and burdened by problems is Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.