Problem People

Tuesday, Dec. 13                             

“God often allows problem people to come into your life so that you’ll learn to depend more on His power and not your own resources.”—Warren Wiersbe.  Maybe you don’t have a close family member or friend that has problems “beyond your resources” but you probably have had and certainly will have.  What do you do at that point?  The easy way is to do nothing.  “It’s not my problem.”  But if I care enough, I will want to help.  And God expects us to help.  Lots of Scriptures teach that, but how about Mt. 26:11?  “The poor you will always have with you . . .”   He was obviously speaking of those who lacked material needs—food, clothing, and shelter—and Jesus implies that we have a responsibility to help.  But I think there is a broader application.  Who is poorer than a man who is poor in spirit?  Problem people will always be with us, too. Too often we think we have the answer, and at times  we do.  But there will be times that no matter how we try to help, it will fall on deaf ears.  We eventually realize that we need to call on a higher power.  But how much better it would be if we were to recognize that from the beginning.  It’s like a person carried out to sea and calling for help.  He is on the verge of drowning and needs help and needs it NOW.  Looking for a phone to call the Coast Guard is not the answer.  It’s like CPR.  You don’t have time to learn how to do it once the need is there.  You need to be prepared.  Suggestion:  When a problem begins to emerge, whether it’s your own problem or that of a loved one, pray first.  And keep on praying.  God will then direct you as to how to help.  “God often allows problem people to come into your life so that you’ll learn to depend more on His power and not your own resources.”  Please note that it’s not just the one with a problem that benefits; the one giving the help is learning to depend on God.  It’s a win-win situation.  No one loses—except Satan.

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