Are you facing a “Problem,” or a “Possibility”?
How you see the situations you face in life will determine how you respond and where you go for advice.
Your response will reveal who and what you put your faith in.
What if you no longer saw your situation as a “problem,” but instead chose to see it as a “possibility”?
The definition of a “problem” is; a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome and needing to be dealt with and overcome.
The definition of a “possibility” is; a chance that something might exist, happen, or be true.
“Problems” are viewed as “bad.” They need immediate attention to be gotten rid of as quickly as possible. “Problems” are often reacted to out of emotion that comes from your own understanding, your past experiences, your fears…
“Problems” keep you striving to fix the “bad.”
“Problems” keep you looking for solutions.
“Possibilities” hold within them a chance that something good will come from the situation. Seeing your situation as a “possibility” enables you to look past the “bad” and choose to believe that this is something God is working together for your good. “Possibilities” bring hope into an unwanted situation.
Possibilities cause you to search after the good.
Possibilities cause you to seek God for answers.
These verses are God’s answer to how we should view life situations…
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
God doesn’t want you to handle your own problems.
God wants you to look to Him for the good, the possibilities, in the situations you face.
God doesn’t see problems, only possibilities!
When I face a situation God tells me to “Rejoice in the Lord.” It’s hard to rejoice and freak out at the same time, but I’ve been known to, so maybe that is why He tells me to “Rejoice” twice! When I choose to fully rejoice in God a miracle happens in my heart, and in my thoughts! Rejoicing brings me into God’s presence and I realize He is at hand, that He is right there with me in the midst of whatever I am facing. I can trust that God sees and God knows, and because He is for me, He intends good to come to me from this. Rejoicing in God’s presence causes the “bad” to fade and allows me to see see the “good” my Good Father intends!
“My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.” Proverbs 3:1-2
God tells me that His commands are to be stored in my heart so I will live a satisfying life. All of God’s words are meant for my good, they are life to me. So, when He tells me to, “Be anxious for nothing,” I need to obey. Anxiety is sin. Anxiety is fear based, it is from the lies of Satan, and it has harmful consequences both physically and spiritually. Instead of being anxious, I am to pray about the situation, to ask Him for what I need, and to thank Him for how He intends to bring good from it. This means prayer, and asking with thanksgiving is to be my FIRST response. I’m not to freak out, take things into my own hands, and when everything I have tried or the advice of others doesn’t work… then decide to pray.
God loves me so much that He doesn’t want me to take care of my own “problems.” It is in those difficulties that God wants me to come to Him and talk to Him about it. He longs for me to bring everything that concerns me to Him, because He cares for me. He knows I can’t live life on my own, He never intended for me to. He created me for relationship and that relationship includes walking through life together. Rejoicing in Him, talking to Him, and thanking Him for whatever I’m going through shows I love and trust Him in return. It shows I know I can’t do anything on my own, but when I abide with Him, He will take care of me. He doesn’t put any restrictions on what I ask of Him. He just wants to spend time with me and He promises to work all the things I face together for the good.
God wants you to give Him your impossibilities, to see them as possibilities, so that He can make them realities!
And that is when the peace, that amazing, wonderful peace of God, comes and takes away my fear, my anxiety, and the “bad” of my problem. It is the peace of God that guards my heart and my mind and keeps me calm. It allows my heart to trust that God knows and understands exactly how I’m feeling and what I am going through. It quiets my mind from my own thoughts and worries so I can hear what God has to say. When I give God a chance to show me His perspective it changes the way I view my situation, and I begin to see the possibility of the good that is attached to it.
God takes my impossibilities and begins to exchange them with His possibilities!
God takes the heavy weight off my shoulders and carries it in His loving, capable hands. Once the heaviness is gone I’m free to receive His instructions with a heart that trusts God and a mind that is willing to do what He tells me to. I find that the unwanted situation is the very thing that God intends to make me better, it’s the very opportunity to bring good into the situation!
A “problem” handed over to God becomes a “possibility.”
A “possibility” in God’s hands brings calm to your heart and to your mind.
A calm heart and mind trusts God to work your “bad,” together for “good.”
No matter what you are facing today, choose to see it as a possibility, because God is a Good, Good, Father, and you are loved by Him!!
I’ve often thought that writing this blog is as much for me as it is for any one else…this morning when I woke up and looked at my phone, I found a “problem.” My mind began to consider all the “bad” of this situation and how I should respond. Then I remembered what I wrote yesterday, here on this blog. I decided that if I really believed what I wrote I needed to put it into practice. I worked my way through the verses in Philippians, applied them to my “problem,” and found that it worked! The “problem” hasn’t gone away, but I now see it as a “possibility” and I’m trusting God to take care of it and bring the good He intends from it.