Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Resolving unexpected life events with God
When challenged with an unfamiliar circumstance, is it best to “go with what you know,” in order to quickly resolve the problem? Is falling back on previous resolutions really a good idea, even if it worked for that particular problem?
During a job interview, it is inevitable that you will be asked to identify your strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this thought-provoking question is to assist the employer in determining your skill set as related to the right fit for the position. Utilizing the process of self-evaluation to identify your qualities is also helpful when trouble comes your way.
When faced with adversity, how reliable are your problem-solving skills? How strong is your relationship with those in your spiritual network? How would you rate the strength of your prayer life?
Our reaction to adversity is dependent upon how we feel about our strengths and weaknesses. Reflect on past decision-making: If confusion and spur of the moment resolutions have resulted in negative outcomes, then acknowledge the need for guidance. Even though we may have strong problem-solving skills, we can only approximate the outcome; none can predict the future, with the exception of God. We must not let past successes or failures keep us from acknowledging that we require divine intervention for a victorious outcome.
Once we have acknowledged our dependence on God, then we are ready to network. Simply ask God in prayer for help. It is impossible to be an overcomer without involving God in all aspects of our daily lives. Utilize the assistance of a spiritual mentor who will also approach God in prayer for guidance, and will provide an objective viewpoint on the presenting difficulty.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a disconcerting experience; however, the times that we live in demand motivation, determination, perseverance, and spiritual networking if we are to overcome our challenges.
As created beings, we will always possess weaknesses; our strength comes from God, and God alone. And God’s strength is the answer to becoming an Overcomer.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We come to you asking for your divine intervention and guidance in the problems that we are facing today. We have tried to make it in life without you and now we face the consequences of excluding you. We ask forgiveness and for your help in resolving our dilemma. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz