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Jesus and your problems, part 1

September 15, 2014

Grace to you! This week we are looking at Jesus and His relation to your problems. 1 Corinthians 10:13 “13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man…”

Part of the problem with ‘problems’ is the sense of isolation we can feel from them. In our quieter moments, especially when we feel overwhelmed, our problems shout at us in the stillness saying: “Nobody else is going through this. If I had it as good as so-and-so I’d be content.” The interesting dynamic is that problems make us feel isolated because we think that what we are going through something no one else has gone through, or at least gone through in the way you are going through them. In the midst of the storm, it seems as if no one else is aware, cares, or understands the depth of the situation(s) you are in. We can barely make it through the struggle of the day and yet others seem oblivious of asking more obligations from us. Or, so many things have been going wrong and now one more thing breaks or doesn’t work right! Perhaps at this point we’re ready to say “I’ve had enough!”

Yet this is not the worst problem with ‘problems’. These problems also present us with ‘temptations.’ In our hard moments, we are tempted to deal with them in a way that does not honor the Lord Jesus. Perhaps we think “If I just lie a little here or take a little extra here, my problems will not be so bad and I can get some relief.” Or perhaps we are tempted to seek some form of sinful pleasure to make up for all the painful times we have experienced. And yet no matter what form the temptation takes, each one seeks to get us to forget about the Lord Jesus. Either He does not factor into our thoughts or we deliberately turn away from Him for putting or allowing such a hard time in our lives.

No temptation has overtaken us except what is common to all people. And this is what is heartbreaking about it all. When we have problems in life, rather than looking to the Lord Jesus we have often been tempted to look away from Him. And this is a major problem. Even more than our life of problems! To be in the midst of hardship is one thing. To be in the midst of hardship and not turn to Christ is sinful. Problems came into the world through the entrance of sin in the beginning: how is adding more sin going to help us deal with our problems? It isn’t.

Next week we will look at how this verse actually would have us to deal with our problems. Looking for a church home? Come visit South Whitwell Baptist, 133 South Oak Street, Whitwell. Sunday Service: 10:45 AM. Visit our web page: www.southwhitwellbaptist.webs.com

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