TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, May 07, 2018:
A source of distress, vexation or perplexity; any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty or difficulty; a question proposed for solution.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials (problems), knowing that testing of your faith produces patience.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.
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KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When you have an extended conversation with someone today, almost without exception, a problem will be brought up. Problems concern family, the economy, employment and even friends. But for some people they feel the best way to solve their problem concern is to just deny they have one. For others their problem is of such a great issue that they become ill with worry.
The first chapter of first Peter was written to encourage believers that were going through trials or facing problems. Peter wrote in I Peter 1:6-7, “So be truly glad, there is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials (problems) for a little while.” Trials test us as to how genuine and how strong our faith really is.
Peter goes on to say that trials or problems test our faith like fire tests and purifies gold, though our faith is far more precious than mere gold. Just as gold is refined and made more valuable when it is put through fire. Trials serve as a refining process in our lives that God uses to grow our faith and mold us to be the kind of people He wants us to be. Trials teach us humility. In trials we see our insufficiency and our need to depend on God. Trials teach us patience and endurance. We are made more valuable to God when our faith is strengthened by the problems and trials we go through. When your faith remains strong through a problem, it will bring much praise and glory and honor to Jesus Christ.
Peter warns us to expect problems and many of us ask ourselves why we are having so many problems. In I Peter 4:12, Peter tells us, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you.” God allows us to have problems to test and refine our faith. How we cope with these problems depends mainly on our attitude.
Peter gives us four attitudes that will help us be victorious in our trials and troubling situations:
1. We must expect them. I Peter 4:12
2. We must rejoice in them. I Peter 4:13
3. We must evaluate them. I Peter 4:18
4. We must entrust them to God. I Peter 4:19
When problems come, as we can be assured they will, we must turn them over to the Lord. Face the problem straight on and do not let it linger. God will give us strength to endure the problem when we turn it over to Him. Remember problems do not come our way because of God but because we live in a sinful world. Yes, we will all have problems but there is no limit as to what God can do in solving our problems if we seek His help.
Many people today when they face a problem divert the problem to a person. We need to learn to attack the problem not a person. Let go and let God take care of every problem you face in life. No problem is too big for God.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:3.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Help me today to face life with an attitude of wanting to please You. Help me as I go through any problem today that I will turn that problem over to You in prayer and then allow You to lead me and guide me. Use the problems I face today to strengthen my faith and mold me into the kind of person You would have me to be.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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