Your problem is not your problem

By Dr. John W. Lewis - Religion Writer

Do you have a giant problem? King Saul and the Israelites had one. Remember the story about David and Goliath. This 10-foot monster of a man challenged the armies of Israel to select a man to fight him. But their problem got the best of them and they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

For 40 days the first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening they heard was this giant problem. Until we see our problem for what it really is, we will take it to bed with us each night and it will be the first thing in the morning that robs us of a peaceful day. The bigger the problem the cloudier our thinking becomes and we lose our perspective.

What is your outlook? How do you see your problem? Your problem Is not your problem, but what you think about your problem is your problem. Ninety-five percent of our problems have to do with our attitude. A problem is just a demand placed upon us without an apparent solution.

Problems are a way of life. Job 14:1, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” But faith in God is the solution to all our problems. 1 Corinthians 10:13, “ There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Let’s don’t make mountains out of molehills. But the next time you find yourself in a shaky position, let’s do what David did. He acknowledged the problem in the light of God’s ability and not his own. When no one encouraged him and the mission seemed impossible, he smacked the problem right between the eyes. He handled the problem before it handled him. It will wear us out worrying and running from our problems; we must meet them head on. David put the problem in its place; under his feet. The giant looked different lying down and so will your problem. David also took the armor of the giant and kept it in his tent as a reminder of God’s faithfulness in overcoming big problems. When we think of our problems right we will be able to say with confidence, “God will deliver us because God has.”

An attitude adjustment is needed when our problems get the best of us. Just remember your problem is not your problem, but what you think about your problem is your problem. Tell yourself 100 years from now: what difference will it make, this too shall pass and weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

A giant problem needs a giant attitude.

Sr. Pastor Dr. John W. Lewis

Anchor Baptist Church

456 Jamison Rd SW

Washington Court House, OH 43160


By Dr. John W. Lewis

Religion Writer