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When you meet a painful problem

2018-01-26 21:30
Pastor’s letter (709) Jan 21th 2018

When you meet a painful problem

One thing that common to everyone is pain. We hope that there will be no pain in my life, but this is
unrealistic, and a childish think like kids. Life is filled with problems that cannot be easily solved even if
you are agonized, and there is always a person who makes it difficult for human relationship. If you believe
in God, He does not let us to live in the world without suffering, but He encourages and give us faith to
overcome any kind of pain. The bible encourages us to think of it as a huge joy when we fall into various
exams (James 1:2). Then, why? The reason is that the trial of faith nourish our patience, and in the process
of preserving, we enjoy the blessing of becoming a mature man. Adversity and suffering make me aware of
my present state. It reminds me of my weakness and lack of wisdom. Even if you try to use your
imagination and try to find a solution, there are often no good solutions. There are also limitations when
you meet people and seek advice.
So what should we do when this happens? The bible teaches us a few principles. First, asking to God and
acknowledging the painful reality. The bible reminds us of the fact that it is more important than pain,
which is the truth that God is with me. Joseph lived a life with God, but he was misunderstood and went to
prison. Did he complain to God that why He gave me this reality when he was in prison? No. He could not
understand that situation in his head, but he was grateful and give thanks to God. He did not think that
God was testing him. Although it is a reality that he could not understand, he considered that God is good.
Someday, after he realized the providence of God, his faith became unshakable conviction.
Second, thinking flexibly without fixing eyes only on the problem itself David had a habit of asking God
every time he went to war. He asked why, what, and how to win. Was not it a greater pleasure to have an
intimate relationship with God than a joy of victory in war? This intimacy give us the flexibility to think.
For the people who think that God loves me, they enjoy the variety of ways. There are various expressions
of love, various ways of solving problems, and there are many ways to look at one phenomenon. It is a
deviation from stereotypes.
Third, thinking of Jesus who endured suffering more than I am and persevering. How did the Lord bear
the horrible crucifixion? “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy
set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of throne of God.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose
heart.” (Hebrews 12:2-3) Wolfgang von Goethe said, “In the realm of ideas everything depends on
enthusiasm; in the real world all rests on perseverance.” Samuel Johnson said, “Great works are
performed not by strength but by perseverance.” I hope you, when listening the word with neat and good
mind, being fruitful when you endure and keep it. (Luke 8:15)