Jeremiah 29:12-13: “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” (NIV)
We have a saying in our house that is used quite regularly, “Everybody has issues.” Usually this reminder is needed when someone has just received a consequence for a particular action and is feeling down on him or herself. The reminder is given that just because he or she is dealing with a particular “issue” at that point in time doesn’t mean that he or she is singled out. Wait a few minutes and I’m sure someone else’s “issue” will rear its ugly head, needing to be dealt with.
Whether married or single, childless or with a household of children, everyone has issues. Because we live in a sinful world, we can’t escape that fact. Some of us try to hide our issues, some succeed for a period of time before they reappear, sometimes bigger and worse than the original “issue.” Some people add to their “issues” by creating more “issues,” adding addictions to try and forget about the “issues.” Either way, until the “issues” are dealt with head on, they will remain “issues” and will continue to wreak havoc in your life.
Do you ever get frustrated when you think you have positively dealt with your “issues” and life has returned to normal only to discover that there is another level, another layer of the original “issue” that needs to be dealt with? Do you ever feel helpless that it will never be fully resolved?
In my opinion, the only way to effectively deal with the “issues” that we all have in one form or another is to bring them to God and ask Him to show us how He wants the “issue” dealt with. You may think you have the perfect solution, but in actuality, unless He is involved in the solution, it will probably keep coming back in new and different ways.
Another perspective to think about is this: Did you ever think about praising God for the “issue” that you are dealing with? Has anything positive come out of having to deal with your particular “issue” in life? God tells us in I Thessalonians 5:18, “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) There is a reason for that. God wants us to praise Him so that we can see the good in all things. Even bad situations can have good components. When viewed correctly, our “issues” can bring us closer to God because He is always available, just waiting for us to reach out to Him, asking for His strength instead of relying on our own. Sometimes having “issues” to deal with allows us to be more compassionate to others when we see them struggling with their own “issues.” Other times the very “issues” that God brings us through are exactly what He then uses in us to help others struggling with the same “issues.” We may always carry a little bit of the “issue” with us, but that serves as a good reminder for the journey we were on, another reason to thank God for bringing us through.
So…since everyone has “issues,” I invite you to hand yours over to God and see what wonderful things He can do in your particular situation. Just watch – He will!