How to face every single problem that comes your way in the right way?
Without doubt problems can be awesome pathways to spiritual growth that good times can never provide. Basically, everybody is going through some crisis and in the world that we live, almost all have problems. The tragedy is people don’t know what to do about their crisis, therefore, am going to tell you how to respond to your crisis.
Sometimes there are small issues in life, sometimes they get pretty big, and other times they seem rather insurmountable. So they are problems in life. However, the issue is how do I handle my crisis?
Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. He was a godly king and God had blessed Judah in lots of ways. As a result, he is reigning well. After that, he gets a bad news. 2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
Subsequently, there are three armies together against Jehoshaphat. At this point, they are outnumbered 3:1. In this situation, how does Jehoshaphat respond? In view of Jehoshaphat’s response and eventual victory, we find a pattern for all of us who are facing problems whether big or small that can lead us to victory. As a result, I want you to read this carefully because every crisis has a pattern and there is a key to solve it.
So here is the first thing to know when you are in a crisis:
1. God Is Interested In My Crisis
Firstly, God is interested in your crisis. Remember you are God’s child, as a result, God personally takes interest in every single aspect of your life, no matter what it maybe.
I know some of you are going through a tough time in your life. Maybe it came all of a sudden and you do not know how to respond. I want to tell you, no matter how large or how small or how painful your problem is, God is interested in what you are going through in life now.
See for instance, how God is speaking in trouble in the Bible:
Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.
Those verses just underline the fact that God is interested in every single aspect of our life. Therefore, whatever my problem, however big or small, I can start out with this bottom-line promise, God is interested in my crisis.
2. God Is Bigger Than My Crisis
Secondly, God is bigger than my crisis.
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Look at the comparison between God and our problem. Above all, God is awesome God and our problem is nothing is too difficult for him. He is bigger than that problem no matter what it is. That means he can handle our problem.
God asks Jeremiah: Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? The answer is no.
If you are wrenched deep within you with hurt, pain suffering, loss, fear, anxiety; dear one, I can say to you, “God is interested in what you are going through. He is interested in what is defeating you, discouraging you, depressing you, disheartening you.” God is interested and he is greater than that, therefore you can trust him to do something about it.
Now I want to tell you the position we ought to take in a crisis. Usually our first response is fear. Jehoshaphat feared in his circumstances. 2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared. Fear is the natural response to a crisis but thank God in the midst of his fear he sought the Lord.
3. Seek The Lord In Your Crisis.
Thirdly, seek the Lord in your crisis.
Now when Jehoshaphat heard about what was happening, he did not get all of his generals together and said, “Ok let us know how we can defend Judah.” He did not do that. He had a conference with Almighty God. He asked God the direction as to how they should respond.
2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord. Seeking the Lord was his habit, that was something that he did all the time.2
Now, what is the first word that comes out of your mouth when you face a crisis? It should be God, Father, or Jesus. When you say Father, you have already set a sense of direction, you are inviting in all of his power and might into your life to deal with this issue.
Isn’t it true that people go to all kinds of extremes first to find a solution to something and then as a last resort they finally go to God? This should be our first choice. Now what happens if you talk to people first? The more you talk to people, the bigger the problem gets. The more you talk to people, the more confused you get. Seek the Lord in your crisis.
How Can We Seek The Lord?
2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
A. Seek God In Fasting And Prayer
In Mark 9, Jesus explained that prayer and fasting together were a source of significant spiritual power. Mark 9:29 This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 12Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.
Prayer and fasting draw us closer to the heart of God, and they put us more in line with His power. Fasting is a powerful expression of our total dependence on Him.
Our Prayers Are To Be God-Centered.
See often times people pray like this: “Oh Lord you know my problem, they did this, she did that, they spoke this, I lost this, I am in this situation etc.”
Our prayers are to be God-centered, not problem centered. Listen how Jehoshaphat prayed and see all the references to God. 2 Chronicles 20:6-7 6And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 7Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever?
2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
His prayer was about God; his power and his might. What God had done in the past and trusting God for what he is going to do now.
B. Seek God In The Fellowship Of Believers In God
See what Judah did in their crisis: They gathered together to seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. Often times when a problem comes people try to keep away from fellowship, God wants us to seek him in corporate fellowship.
Now, whenever a problem comes to your life here is your position: You are a child of God and all the promises of God and the power of God are for you. So you understand God is in your problem, God is bigger than your problem, and you seek him in your problem. Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. So what we have is this awesome promise that God is interested and God will do something about it.
When you begin to seek the Lord in your crisis here is what happens, your problems gets stunted. They get smaller and smaller and smaller for the simple reason God is becoming larger and larger and larger in your thinking.
4. Be Open For Godly Counsel
Fourthly, be open for godly counsel in your crisis.
Sometimes when we seek the Lord, God may speak to us directly. But often times when you pray to God, God will involve people to help you.
Seek the Lord first, God will show you who to go to. The problem is, some are so proud to open to others and they want to solve their problem by themselves.
One of the greatest treasures in our life is the treasure of godly friends, people who love God. So the question is do you have anybody you can share your problems with?
Counsel of Jehoshaphat
2 Chronicles 20:13-15 13All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord. 14Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. 15He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”
God sometimes gives the solution to the person whom you are praying with. Here in the midst of all these people praying, God raises up one man, Jehoshaphat who said exactly what they needed to hear. It is not your battle, it is God’s battle. This is why we need to have godly friends. This is why we need to seek the Lord with others. So be open for godly counsel.
5. God Has A Perfect Time For My Breakthrough
God has a solution for all the troubles you are going through. God has an appointed time in your life. Sometimes God may delay the answer. It is not because God does not care. One of the reason he delays our answer is to prepare us from the inside. He predestined you to be in the likeness of his son. Sometimes he is purifying our life, changing us, dealing with our thoughts, motives of our life, so the delay. Look at the inside and see what needs to be changed in my lifestyle. God will not allow you to get by with your sin and give you what you want. Therefore, deal with what God is dealing in your life and wait for God’s time.
6. God’s Solution Usually Requires An Act Of Faith
All problems challenge our faith in some fashion.
Here God said, “The battle is not yours. Assemble the choir, assemble the orchestra and then behind them array your army and you march behind as the choir sings and praises the Lord.”
The choir was going to face the battle with their army behind them. It did take active faith because it is totally unreasonable. Sometimes in order to accomplish his full purpose in our life in a given problem, God is going to ask us to do something this is totally unreasonable.
Example of Joshua
God asked Joshua to march around the city for seven days. On the seventh day, they are to march seven times with the sound of trumpets and should. God said the wall would come down. Without delay, Joshua obeyed and the walls came down.It happened when they obeyed.
You need to act in fact for what God is leading you to.
Listen, if God is telling you to do something in faith, then God will give you the faith for it. Jehoshaphat and his people trusted God. They sang and marched to the enemy. Do you know what God did? God confused the enemy and they fought against each other. When Jehoshaphat and his people got there, the enemy was already dead and defeated.
Supposed Judah wanted to fight this battle, it would have been a disastrous battle. There would have been defeat. Do you know, sometimes God will ask us to do something by faith, if you obey it, the victory is yours.
So the issue is, “Are you going to trust God?” When it is impossible and difficult for me, am I going to trust him?
7. God’s Solution Is Always The Best
Finally, God’s solution is always the best in any crisis. No matter what the crisis might be, you can never solve it like God can solve it. You only know what you see and how you feel. God has a solution and God’s solution is always the best one if you are willing to trust him.
In conclusion, what is the crisis you are facing today? Remember, whatever crisis you are facing in life today, God is interested in your pain and your suffering. God is bigger than your crisis. God wants to solve your problem. Are you willing for God to solve it his way in his timing? Well, surrender your life to him and seek him.
Let’s pray, “Lord I commit my crisis to you. I know that you know everything that needs to be known that I don’t understand. I don’t like your timing, but I am going to trust you, I am going to obey, I am going to watch you working in my life. This is an opportunity for me to see your power in my life and for me to learn more about you. Grow and understand you better in a deeper way. Amen