The First Step to Fixing a Problem

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3 (ESV)

I find it interesting that Jesus begins His Beatitudes – indeed, His entire Sermon on the Mount – with this call to humility.  One of the keys to true happiness (not fleeting emotional giddiness but deep, abiding, unshakable joy) is possessing the humility to recognize that we aren’t perfect.  We cannot make it through this life without God.  His help, His guidance, are absolute necessities for us.

Like water.

Like oxygen.

We all have problems we face.  Some are small, niggling problems.  Some are huge, seemingly insurmountable issues. Sometimes we are dealing with an aggregate of problems that feels more like an avalanche hurling snow and stones down at us from above.

When we encounter trouble, where do we find strength?  Is it within ourselves?  When we remind ourselves that “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me”, is the emphasize on “I can do” or Christ?

Remember this: God is sovereign over all.  Nothing happens without His awareness.  In fact, sometimes He leads us into troubled times to teach us, or strengthen us. If we go about the battles of life on our own power, we will exhaust our batteries.

We were never promised an easy life.  But we were promised comfort, and help, and true blessing when we humbly set aside our ways, our will, our stubbornness, our egos… and recognize that God is in control.

Whatever we face, we can face with the Lord’s power.  The Holy Spirit is within us: our Guide, our Strength, our Counselor, our Comforter, our Helper.  When we try to plow through life on our own reserves, we end up stressed out, banged up, worried, tired, anxious…  Trust in the Lord.

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one.  The first step to admitting you have a problem is humility, the ability to say, “I am not perfect.  I need help.”

We all need help.  We all need to be poor in spirit.  We all need to realize that we need God.

Quit trying to figure everything out.  Stop attempting to hoist the whole world on your shoulders.  Go to God.  Humbly cry out to Him for help.  Seek Him first.  Faithfully take on His yoke, cast your cares upon the Lord, and rest in His goodness.

Fight the good fight.

Do what you need to do.

But understand that what we need to do is follow the Lord and trust Him with the results.

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