Monday, March 23, 2015

How Big is God?

Want to read about trouble? Try the Bible.

The headline proclaims: Prophet gets swallowed by huge fish. Or what about this one? Devout believer has sleep-over with lions. Then there’s always: Three respected city leaders tossed into the King’s furnace. Talk about a fiery trial . . .

And you think you have problems?

What about Stephen, who was stoned for his faith? Or Paul, who was beaten, rejected, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and left for dead, all because he was trying to serve God and spread His Word?

And you think you have problems?

Ever heard the story of the man who was upset because he had no shoes—that is, until he saw a man with no feet? It seems everything in life is relative. If I have a problem—if I’m in the midst of a crisis and feeling overwhelmed and alone—all I have to do is look around and find someone in worse shape than me.

Too often, we focus on what we don’t have and forget to be thankful for what we do have. Tests, trials, and temptations are a given. They come with the territory. They are a part of this life-package and everyone faces them at some point and to some degree. The good news for us is that God is always there to guide, protect, and see us through. He can take any situation, turn it around, and use it to benefit us and bring glory to His name.

An old song says, “If I never had a problem, I’d never know God could solve it.” God is not the problem-sender. He is the problem-solver. Just like He divided the Red Sea, tore down the walls of Jericho, shut the lions’ mouths, and delivered the three Hebrew fellows from the fiery furnace, He will be there for YOU and make a way of escape.

How big is God? Bigger than your problems.