Is time our problem? God gives us all the time in the world to do his will.
Is money our problem? God provides us all we need, when we seek his kingdom first.
Is will our problem? God even gives us the desire.
Is tiredness our problem? God gives us rest in Christ.
What amazes me about Isaiah Chapter 1, is the similarity between our society today and the society that Isaiah found himself in. In Isaiah 1:2-3, the inspired prophet quickly instructs his readers to “Hear….for the Lord has spoken.” One of the major problems of our society today, is that they, like the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, have “rebelled against God” (Isaiah 1:2), closing their ears to the hearing of God’s word (Isaiah 6:9-10; cf. Matthew 13:14-15).
The spiritual condition of that society was deplorable in God’s sight (Isaiah 1:4-6). Their worship to God was vain and empty – hypocritical at best, and God would not hear their prayers (Isaiah 1:10-15).
God offers a solution to their spiritual blindess (Isaiah 1:16-18; cf. Revelation 3:18-22), just as He offers us the same solution today.
The question is, are we as a society willing to “hear the Lord’s voice” and “open the door” to the Lord’s invitation to dine with Him? (Revelation 3:20).
Usually when my wife and I get in a heated argument, I’ve found that the best way to deal with anger is to just simply get out of the house and go walking. Not only does it cool the fires of anger between me and my wife, it also allows both of us to think rationally about the situation, instead of using our emotions.
Additionally, walking allows me the time to not only “think” about the situation, but to also take it to the Lord in prayer, relying on His wisdom and understanding, in order to arrive at a solution to the problem.
Article on resolving problems: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/05/22/resolving-problems-in-human-relationships/
When I have a troubling or difficult problem to face, I want a friend I can confide in; one with whom I can pour out my innermost feelings to; one who understands what I’m going through, and one who can offer wisdom, insight, and if possible, a solution (or solutions) to the problem.
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy.
Dave Barry, humor writer
PHYSICAN OF NO VALUE
Well meaning people feel like they need to say something, but in the end, after something is said, they say nothing that is helpful for the occasion. I think of Job and his friends (or miserable comforters). Job was devastated, his friends tried to comfort and became more of a problem than a solution. What are we? Are we a solution, or do we think we know more than we actually do?