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Jesus and your problems, part 2

September 15, 2014

Grace to you! Last week we looked at the common issue we all face: problems. And problems tempt us to forget the Lord Jesus. Hear 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

Scripture normalizes our problems and pains. Not in the sense that it is part of God’s original design. Before sin entered the picture, there was no suffering in all of creation. But man sinned and problems have been here ever since. The Bible says problems are what all of humanity faces. No, not everyone faces the exact same ones, but someone somewhere in time has faced what you are facing now. It helps us to see we are not alone in this struggle called life. Mankind is under the burden of a cursed creation, including his own life. Our problems become reminders that we live in a broken world, and more importantly, we are in desperate need of restoration, hope, and final deliverance.

Scripture is very honest. It admits that we face some hard stuff. It even admits that we can be ‘overtaken.’ The literal meaning of the word is ‘to take hold of, receive.’ Problems tempt us to turn away from Christ. This temptation can ‘take hold of’ you and me. Sound familiar to your experience?

So how does God help us not forget Christ during our problems? First, He reminds us that this is nothing new to mankind. Others have faced this temptation to forget Christ and have overcome it and so can you by God’s grace! Secondly, God remains faithful to always give us a way to trust Him through our problems. And that’s encouraging news! It’s one thing to have problems. It’s another to be tempted to stop following the Lord in light of those problems. It’s even worse if there was no way to have grace to persevere in following Christ during hardship. But God is faithful to provide us grace to keep trusting Him!

Third, we won’t be tempted more than we can handle with God’s grace and power. Since it’s common to all and we can also see others who’ve clung to Christ, we too can make face the problem hoping in Christ! Fourth, the way of escape is often enduring. Now we often want escape to mean problems disappear, but God shows His power in us when we endure through them and still praise Him at the end of it! The bad news is that God may not take our problems away; the good news is God provides the way and power to endure through them while still hoping in Christ!

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