If there is anything characteristic of human existence, it involves the continual cycle of problems one after another. Mr. Job described the human experience as, “Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward.” Even Jesus affirmed our particular and problematic circumstances when He said, “In this world you shall have tribulation.”
There is no telling when at any point in life we start a day only to realize we have a problem with which to deal. Since this is true, it is imperative that we have an aggressive spiritual plan to contend with whatever is manifested before us.
What is confronting you today? Is it physical sickness or family concerns? Is there something going on at work? Is there a heated temptation pestering you? Are you experiencing the consequences of a bad decision? Is there fear, or are you faced with worry?
The problem with many is that, instead of confronting a problem, they just merely continue to slop around in the slime of it all.
But, in the face of every crisis, God provides aggressive spiritual strategies and solutions with which to confront any and every problem we have. Our God is not a defeated God, but a victorious God, who has a definite plan for victory. It follows that it is not His intent that His people be a defeated people, but a victorious people.
The Bible is choc-full of solutions to deal with problems. For this writing, Joshua 10:1-27 is cited as an example containing Biblical principles that can help us. It details the problem the Amorites posed to Joshua and Israel. What did Joshua do?
First, he took counsel from and with God, who told Joshua to “Fear them not, for I have delivered them (the Amorites) into your hand.” How consistent are we in consulting the counsels of the Lord through His Word? Problems just seem to melt away when we consider the counsels of God.
Recall that Prophet Isaiah referred to Jesus Christ as “Counselor.” It has been proven that those who consider His counsels are most blessed and bettered.
What did Joshua do? He took inventory of the helpfulness of God. The Scripture says “that the Lord cast down great stones from Heaven, and they (the Amorites) were more which died with hailstones than those killed with the sword.”
Two things: consider that God’s help is necessary and effective. Also, be thankful that He is willing to help when we call upon Him. What this does is to cause us to adjust perspectives about our problems, and it gives us confidence to deal forthrightly and courageously with matters instead of shirking away.
What did Joshua do? Joshua utilized his spiritual resources. He “spake to the Lord” to have the “sun stand still” to make the light of day longer for Israel to “avenge themselves upon their enemies.” And, the Lord did just that as requested by Joshua.
By contrast, when we have a problem, there are spiritual resources at hand to help us deal well with it. There is the benefit of prayer. There is the benefit of the Word to give us clues and insight what to do. There is the benefit of “the joy of the Lord” to give us strength. There is the benefit of the intercession of the Holy Spirit upon which we can rely.
What did Joshua do? He completed the victory. When he got word that the Amorite leaders were holed up in a cave, he ordered that a “great stone be rolled upon the mouth of the cave” until the Amorites at large were subdued. Then, later he completed the victory by going back to the cave and taking care of the leaders. The Amorites would no longer be a threat in the future.
Complete the victory! This is a point that is often overlooked. With God’s leadership, resolve all manifestations of the problem you have. Do not settle for just a partial resolution. Take care of it all so that it will not come back to bite you in the future.
My brothers and sisters, utilize spiritual, Bible-based principles to settle your problems!
Pastor Ron Branch lives in Mason County and is pastor of Hope Baptist Church, Middleport, Ohio. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author.