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July 13, 2018

Where do we turn when we have problems?

Filed under Sabbath Thoughts

Today we live in an increasingly complicated world. It is indeed a paradox that although we owe much to modern technology, at the same time it has created an environment that can turn everyday life into somewhat of a struggle.

That is the world in which we live. No wonder many are suffering from stress. But as the level of stress increases, it gets harder and harder to cope with problems that may arise.

Wherever you look: problems! Problems with the family, problems in the workplace. Relationship problems like with a spouse. Financial problems.

They come up when we least anticipate or are prepared for it. Sometimes you feel like you're on the roller coaster: You're in the best of spirits right now, but suddenly it's all downhill and everything seems to go wrong.

On the other hand, trials and tests are part of our lives as Christians, as the apostle Peter tells us: "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:6-7).

No matter what happens to us, we can always rely on this incredible promise: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).

This verse does not say that everything has already worked itself out for the best. It does not say that it is good that you have problems with your partner or that you have lost your job or that your children are rebellious. Instead, it means that each situation can work out to our best if we meet the challenge properly and let God guide and guide us.

Do we really give God first priority in our problems and trials? We can do a quick self-test by asking if how we "report" our concerns to him when we experience a trial: "Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

If we put our lives in God's hands, we will reap great benefits in the long run.

With these thoughts I wish everyone a rewarding Sabbath!

Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.


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