Looking For Trouble
Christians spend too much time looking at their problems and not enough time looking at their problem-solver. I think a good ratio would be looking at their problems ten percent of the time and looking at their problem-solver ninety percent of the time. Their problems probably won*t last more than a hundred years anyway. This is not to say that our problems aren*t real.
Hebrews 12:1-2b: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus . . .
Jacob was afraid of his brother Esau with good reason. He had played a dirty trick on him and Esau had threatened to kill Jacob. You can read about that in Genesis 27.
Genesis 33:1a: And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. . . .
F. B. Meyer:
Do not lift up your eyes and look for Esaus. Those who look for troubles will not be long without finding trouble to look at. Lift them higher . . . to Him from whom our help cometh. Then you will be able to meet your troubles with an unperturbed spirit. Those who have seen the face of God need not fear the face of man that shall die. To have power with God is to have power over all the evils that threaten us.
God changed Jacob*s name to Israel which has some special meanings: soldier of God, prince of God, prince with God, who prevails with God, etc. Christians have access to the same God that Jacob had. Always remembering that there is One who can solve every problem gives us the right attitude.