Problems help give us purpose


The other day I received an email from my wife asking me to call her as soon as I was free.  When I called she was unavailable to answer the phone but sent a reply sometime later…

“There was a problem with the plumbing upstairs. Water was coming through the ceiling, but I think we stopped it.”

That is not the kind of news you look forward to on a Tuesday afternoon.  When I returned home from work I was faced with the task of trying to solve the newly discovered problem.  

To date I have yet to solve a plumbing problem with fewer than five trips to the store but I am happy to say that with a few minor costs, the input of friends, and a healthy dose of persistence we were able to repair the leak and restore the integrity of the drainage system.  

It is funny in a peculiar sense that we are so surprised by trouble.  In Jesus sermon on the mount he speaks about daily trouble.  

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34

Trouble can actually be a very good thing because problems help give us purpose.  Our vocations in large part are about helping other people solve their problems.  From the very beginning of creation God spoke purpose into Adam and Eve.  There was an assignment for them in the earth and God has an assignment for each one of us.  

The message of Jesus Christ is that the external world does not need to dictate the internal world but that through Christ we too can have an internal freedom that allows us to face the challenges of each day.  

Author and speaker Graham Cooke says it this way; “Life as a new creation in Christ isn’t about finding the peace of God somewhere “out there;” it’s about learning to abide in who God wants to be for us, no matter what is happening around us.”  

What if our troubles are actually an invitation to a new way of living?  Jesus said it this way; ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

How are you seeing the troubles before you?  

As we come to Jesus and learn from him we can discover a new way of living from the inside out.  We begin to trust His grace and mercy for the day and moment at hand.  It helps us not project the problems of today into tomorrow.  We cannot bear the problems of tomorrow today but if we will give ourselves to thanksgiving and trust in Jesus today we have the promise that God goes before us and prepares the way.

Be encouraged today that what is before you is not greater than God’s redeeming love.  He will make a way where there seems to be no way.  


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