Problems We Can Handle
Before I received Jesus my biggest problem was that I was on my way to Hell. Since I received Him my biggest problem is whether or not I serve Him.
Before I received Him my problems were all my own. I failed at solving many of them. Since I received Him, He belongs to me and I belong to Him. Since I belong to Him my problems are His problems. He is able to solve the problems I cannot.
For those that never receive Jesus, His judgment upon them will be like that of Cain, it will be a problem they cannot handle.
Genesis 4:13: And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
When we receive Jesus, He removes the biggest problem for us, the one that we cannot handle, the Hell problem. Then when we trust and obey Him, He permits us to have problems that we CAN handle. The problems may not seem any smaller. They may be many of the same problems we had before and they may be many of the same problems unbelievers have. He might make us stronger so we can handle them, He might get rid of them or He might help us to see that the problems we have now are tiny compared to the problem of Hell. Sometimes the problems God*s children have in this life will be WORSE than the ones unbelievers have. Persecution and martyrdom come to mind.
Since I received Jesus I*ve had problems that might seem huge to unbelievers. I*ve had a couple of angioplasties to restore blood flow to my heart. I*ve had a prostatectomy to cut cancer out of my body. Those problems are like a bump in the road when compared with the problem of being headed for Hell. The Lord made me unafraid of them. He will decide when I die and it will be the best time for that to happen. When I die, it won*t be a problem, it will be an escape from the little problems He permits me to have here on earth to the Paradise He has promised.
God*s children have the benefit of His chastisement when they need it, but they will never have the problem of His judgment.
Hebrews 12:6-8,11: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. . . . 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Unbelievers still have the biggest problem. They are headed for Hell. As we serve the Lord we become concerned about the same problems that He is concerned about. We become more concerned about the Hell problem that unbelievers have and we become less concerned about our personal problems. As we serve Him we will pray for unbelievers, witness to them and financially support ministries that do those things. We will also encourage other believers to solve their biggest problem. We will encourage them to serve the Lord.
The way to have problems we can handle is to receive Jesus and then serve Him.