Problems come to each of us

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Bible tells all to expect difficulties

By George Smith

Problems come to everyone. The Apostle Peter said, “Don’t be surprised when you have problems.” Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation.” We don’t know when they may come. For example, you don’t plan a flat tire. Trials come in all shapes and sizes.

How do you handle problems? Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks.” He does not say to rejoice for a problem, but to rejoice in the problem. We don’t thank God for the situation. Why should I thank God for cancer, leukemia, a stroke or a heart attack? No! What kind of God do you think he is? But as Paul says, “In everything give thanks.”

I can’t control what comes to me, but I can control how I respond to it. Victor  Frankl, the Jewish psychologist who spent time in a Nazi prison camp, shares some thoughts on this point. He said, “They stripped me naked and took everything including my wedding ring and watch. I stood there naked and all of a sudden realized at that moment that although they could take everything away from me – my wife, my family, my possessions – they could not take away my freedom to choose how I was going to respond.”

The Psalmist said, “I will bless the Lord at all times” (34:1). Even when things aren’t going right and I don’t feel like it, I can bless the Lord.

Problems can either make you bitter or better. The difference in the two is the letter “I.” The difference is determined by the attitude I choose to have. Problems break some people. It is how you choose to respond to them.

Know that God cares for you and sees everything happening to you. I Peter 5:7 says,  “Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”