Praise God When the Problems Prevail
by Loretta Leonard
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I have been thinking about this praise and worship song recently. It seems to be in mind most of the time. I think it has a wonderful application for Christians.
“He is able more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
He is able, more than able to do much more than I could ever dream.
He is able, more than able to make me what He wants me to be.”
Hebrews 2:13 tells us “I will put my trust in Him.”
There have been many times in my life when trials and “hard times” have made it difficult to see God’s face. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed and confused about what direction to turn. All too often I try to handle everything that comes my way because I want to have the control over my life. As a human being I have physical and mental limits and my body and mind needs to come away from the problems of everyday living. Let God worry about the details and handle everything. Hebrews 2:13 tells us that "I will put my trust in Him". That's exactly what we should do when life becomes demanding and there appears to be no way to get rest or relief.
Problems that have tested my patience and required me to put everything in God’s hands include the time when my youngest son was hospitalized with spinal meningitis. I was warned by the doctor that the disease was very hard on a young infant and after the hospital stay I could expect hearing loss, diminished mental capacity, and other possible problems. Watching my child in the hospital bed was not easy. Yet God took me through that time and allowed my son to make a complete recovery. He was an honor student in school and majored in mathematics in college.
On one occasion I received a phone call that turned my life literally upside down in the space of a few minutes. It was like all my support was gone. I had no clue how God would pick up the pieces but He did. We met Christian people along the way who could pray for us. People who we may have met only once but their testimony and love of God kept us going. That particular problem has resolved itself and not only our family but several friends and acquaintances have seen God’s hand in resolving the matter.
As a mother of four boys I have seen the “wonders” of teenage driving. It seems like no matter how hard my boys tried to avoid an accident they usually managed to get at least one “fender bender”. When I have seen the cars-most of which were a total loss-I have been amazed that they even walked away from the accident with only a few bruises. On one particular occasion I literally wept because the car was so mangled yet God kept my son safe.
The words of this praise song really show the way in which God handles those trying moments. He can take care of all my worries and concerns—I don’t have to shoulder the responsibility for all that happened. Sure I may have to admit that I made a mistake, but God’s forgiveness is there to give me comfort and to help me realize that there are larger issues than the ones I see. Through the testing I found that God strengthened my faith in Him. He has a plan that is greater than ours—we just need to give our problems, concerns, and fears over to Him. He will handle everything. And as I mature, I find that I am better able to give control of my life without holding fast onto everything.
That’s what makes the mature Christians so precious. These Christians may be facing medical, financial, or personal problems that they literally have to put into God’s hands. That’s why the adults in their 70’s and 80’s have so much to teach the rest of us. They have been through problems as young adults and have learned that life can’t be controlled. Problems such as cancer, heart problems, and strokes are very much a part of some of the senior adults’ lives. They have learned to put their trust in a medical doctor and have learned to take life one day at a time. They have a real appreciation for God and what He can do in their life.
In 2 Timothy 2:12 Paul writes “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.” The apostle Paul was convinced that God would keep him safe and Paul probably encountered more difficulties in life than many other New Testament character. The lesson is that God will keep us close to Him and can be trusted to help us along life’s way. He wants us to praise Him throughout life because He is truly able to make a difference in the Christian who believes in Him. That life will be blessed and honored when God reaches out to us. Yes, He is truly able to help me along life’s way. Why would I ever try to go on my journey in life without Him at my side.?
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