Problems

GOD problems

Look at that title…what is it saying to you…does it make any sense? Look at it one more time. There is a sentence and a lesson in that title of two words. It’s a sentence that is easy to say, but a lesson that’s hard to remember; but the lesson is a fact nonetheless. If you have figured it out great! If not, here is a hint – which one of the words is bigger? Do you see it now? “God” is bigger than the “problems.”

God is bigger than our problems! I told you it was an easy sentence to say but a hard lesson to remember. God is big, very big! The Earth is compared to His footstool (Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 5:35). God’s hands made the dry land the way we might make a sandcastle (Psalm 95:5). The Bible describes God gathering the sea together in a heap and breathing the host of the heavens into existence (Psalm 33:6,7). These are the four biggest things we can see on or from the Earth: the dry land, the oceans, the Earth itself and the heavens above. These things are huge! And yet they are all very small compared to our God; but let a problem come knocking and we soon forget all about that.

God made us and we often (not always! but often) make our own problems. I could’ve easily made the word “problems” bigger than the word “God” in the title. But who’s really bigger? The One that made us – or the problems we make? I know the answer and I hope you do too, but that question still manages to stump me from time to time.

Remember the man possessed with the legion in Mark 5? In verse nine Jesus asks the demon his name and the demon answers, “Legion.” In case you don’t know, the word legion is a military term representing a group of several thousand soldiers. Most people agree it probably meant about 6,000 around that time.

So here is Jesus facing a demon several thousand strong – He’s got a big problem on His hand’s right? Wrong! Why not? Because Jesus had more than twelve legions of angels from the Father that would’ve taken care of that problem! (Matthew 26:53) Put that number in your calculator and tell me which is bigger.

Sometimes we may wish that God would just come down and take care of all our problems in a snap, but our problems are often lessons reminding us to rely on Him (James 1:2-4). Let’s all do our best to encourage and remind each other that God really is bigger than our problems. Think about it.  EA

“…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

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A Quick Fix or A Permanent Fixture?

The sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John begins by saying,

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.” (John 6:1,2)

All of the people saw something wonderful. Every single one of them saw something great. But in the midst of all those people most of them just saw an opportunity. They saw a quick fix for their problems.

Later in the same chapter, after feeding the crowd with the bread and fish, Jesus and His disciples go to the other side of the sea only to be followed by the same crowd. When they found Him they asked Him how He got to the other side of the sea and Jesus responded by saying,

…Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (John 6:26,27)

The people were looking for Jesus, they were interested in Him, and they wanted to find Him, but not for the right reasons. So in verses 28-40 Jesus taught the people that He did not come to be a quick fix for the problems of everyone; He came by the will of the Father to be a permanent fixture in the lives of fallen mankind. Jesus did not come to be a temporary answer – He came to be the permanent solution!

When we turn to God do we go to Him because we think He is the fastest way to fix a problem or do we go to God because we know that He is the only way to fix a problem? When a need arises in our life God wants us to know that He desires to be there for us (Matthew 6:24-33) but we have to ask our self, “Do we only turn to God when we need something?” Do we act like the people in John 6 and see Jesus as a quick fix for our problems or do we look at Him as the One that we want in our lives forever more?

The people got what they wanted; they got a temporarily fully belly. But after Jesus told them and the others that were listening what He wanted from them (verses 41-60) they left Him never to return anymore according to John 6:66. Jesus wanted a life long faith from them. He wants the same from us. He wanted a faith that considered Him to be the permanent fixture that they needed; not as the quick fix that they saw Him to be.

As the people left Jesus standing there, He asked the twelve if they were going to do the same. And what was their response? Peter said,

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68,69)

So how does Jesus look at our faith? The answer is found in the question, “How does our faith look at Jesus?” Is Jesus just a quick fix till things get better or is He a permanent fixture in our lives?

Think about it. EA