"As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, 'Where is your God?'" Psalm 42:1-3
Our lives our filled with problems.
Physical problems, we get sick, we get physically hurt, we experience pain.
Emotional problems, we get depressed and anxious (this could equally be classified as a physical problem, meaning it is often impacted by biology), we experience heartbreak.
Relational problems, conflict within friendships, the consequences of broken trust within a relationship, selfishness, lack of conscientiousness within a relationship, and we experience pain and disappointment.
Spiritual Problems, we don't love God as we should, we believe things about God and ourselves that aren't true, we run away from God when we sin instead of run to Him, because of our and other people's sin we experience pain.
Some of these problems are in our control and some our not. Some of these problems are a direct result of our sin and some are not.
However, most often, we don't focus to much on the problem itself, but rather, the consequences of the problem.
Problem - My friend and I are in a fight because I fell through on a commitment.
Common response - "I really dislike the way this makes my feel, and I hope we can just forget about it and get back to normal."
In this instance, I created the problem, but my response was to hope that the consequences washed over and everything goes back to normal, but I was neglecting the problem itself of broken trust between my friend and I.
Examples like these show us how adverse to the consequences of problems we are, ether caused by us or by other people.
People search everywhere for solutions to their physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual problems.
They read books about how to have better self esteem.
They watch seminars to help solve problems in their relationships.
They join all types of religions that claim to have a why that will solve their guilt problem.
They listen to famous doctors who are selling the miracle drug to solve all their ailments that cause them pain.
This search for problem fixing has been a pull for many to explore Christianity.
I've heard many of the following "pitches" to believers and unbelievers alike about Christianity as a ultimate problem fixer:
"Come to God, He'll fix your broken relationships"
"Become a Christian, God will heal all your physical problems"
"Give your life to Christ and you'll feel much better about who you are"
"Ask Jesus into your heart and He'll heal all the emotional hurt inside"
When we see God as merely a problem fixer, we are missing something very central to the gospel, that is, that it is not about us.
It is not about us getting our problems fixed by the big guy in the sky. It's about having our problems and pain cause us to pursue God at any cost.
The desired result of our problems primarily ought not be that they be fixed promptly in order that we can get back to our generally cushy life, but rather, that they cause us to see our level of intimacy with God as lacking and further pursue God.
This is exactly why my goal is not to merely fix your problems (or try to), but rather, to point you to God, not that He'll fix every problem that you have (even though He could), but because in Him our souls thirst for God will begin to be touched. The pain we experience on earth is a light into what ought to be our focus on this earth; God.
My Goal is to encourage you to pursue God even in the midst of our problems, but even further, that your problems may not be fixed, but that you will develop a new reliance and closeness with our heavenly Father. That is my prayer for you.
Thanks for Reading!!