Isaiah 49:13 says: Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.
Above is a very comforting and helpful passage, especially in this age and time. If you look at the world quite closely today, you will discover that it is full of problems (i.e., afflictions, troubles, difficulties, etc.). There are wars all over the place, with their attendant destruction to lives and properties. In many climes, people cannot afford to feed or clothe themselves properly anymore. Many are now on the streets, because they have nowhere to lay their heads. A lot of children are out of school, and those who are still there, are finding it very difficult to stay, because assistance from home is dwindling, or has stopped altogether. Infrastructures are collapsing, and security to lives and properties is becoming more and more difficult to guarantee. And to make matters worse, most governments globally, appears too stunned to turn things around. These scenarios, has left many people distressed, disillusioned, and desperate, and they are now forced to ask tough questions, such as:
1. Why are we having so many problems in the world?
2. Is God still interested in saving us?
3. How can we solve our problems?
Let us now look at the questions in turn, ponder on what the bible says about them, and how we can obtain succor.
- WHY ARE WE HAVING SO MANY PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD?
We are having them because:
- They are ordained. Jesus confirmed this to be true in John 16:33a when He said ”…In the world you will have tribulation…” i.e. you will have problems.
- God may be testing us. The biblical Job is a good reference point here. Perhaps you are experiencing some problems at the moment; please don’t give up, because God may be using it to test you. And if you stick by Him, He’ll give you an escape route in due course (1 Corinthians 10:13) in Jesus name. Amen.
- Satan wants to destroy us. Immediately somebody makes up his or her mind to be on the Lord’s side, Satan will be all out to destroy him or her. And one of his time tested tactic, is to inundate the person with problems. Please don’t allow him to destroy you; resist him vigorously, and he’ll flee from you (James 4:7).
- IS GOD STILL INTERESTED IN SAVING US?
Yes, He is! And the bible confirmed this point as follows: ”The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17). So, if at present, you are being plagued by problems that seem protracted despite your best efforts at solving them then, keep your cool, because God is surely going to save you at some point. Remember that He does not forsake His own (Deuteronomy 31:6)!
- HOW CAN WE SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS?
First of all, it is important that we decipher the origin of our problems. For example, if yours is linked with un-confessed sins, then confess and forsake them immediately. This step is very vital, so that you can tap from the grace of God (Romans 6:1-2). When the source of your problem has been unearthed then, commit it into God’s hands through Jesus Christ, the only known route to Him (John 14:6), for solution. You should also do the same thing, even if you are unable to unearth the source of your problem. That means you need to have a robust personal relationship with Jesus (i.e. you must be born-again) either way! Are you born-again? Good job, if you are! But if you are not yet, then this is another chance for you to do so. Please invite Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Savior today. When this is done with, then you can boldly approach God, through Him (Jesus Christ). And He’ll do everything possible to sort you out (Isaiah 45:2-3).
Lastly Friend, you can see from all above, that problems are bound to come our ways from time to time. But God is interested in saving us, and if we stick by Him, He’ll give us victory over them before long in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2013