How do we unburden ourselves by giving our problems to the Lord, so he can help us through them?
Problems are part of the human condition. “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1, NKJV). Jesus said, “Sufficient for the day is its own troubles” (Matthew 6:34).
We cannot escape problems while we are on this earth. All we can do is to eliminate as many of the self-inflicted wounds as possible and learn to better deal with issues as they arise. God will help us with these challenges.
To answer this question, we must differentiate between the physical, emotional and spiritual.
As human beings, we have behavior common to man. We call this physical/fleshly because it would be this way without God. The emotional is how we deal with these problems. The spiritual connects us to God.
One of these is primary in our lives and will be the weapon we utilize when troubles arise. If the physical or emotional is primary, we will utilize flawed resources (1 Corinthians 2:13-15). Man’s knowledge and abilities are weak compared to the Bible and the promises of God (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
When we become a Christian, we become transformed, rising above the weaknesses of the flesh (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:16). We have Christ, prayer, Scripture and the fellowship of the saints in our arsenal.
With the spiritual, we take our problems to God in prayer, turning them over to the perfect, infallible, all-wise Lord. We do this because we have learned through experience, discussion with other saints and a study of God’s Word that God is sufficient.
God provides persistence (Hebrews 13:5), concern and care (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22), and love (1 John 4:8).
We learn to overcome the inherent fleshly fear of ceding control and give God our problems. We learn to trust him completely because we cannot handle it ourselves (Psalm 38:4; Philippians 4:13).
When we have trust and faith that he is capable of handling our problems, we are ready to give him our troubles. We go to him in prayer and take the time to pour out our heart in detail. Then, we let the Lord work.
Luke records a parable of Jesus where a relentless widow moves an unjust judge to action by her persistence (Luke 18:1-8). God, who is not an unjust judge, does not act when we harass him into action.
Rather, we continually bring our concerns before God because we are deeply involved emotionally in the problem. It fills all of our waking thoughts. Naturally, it will be on our heart all the time.
Prayer connects us with God but it also benefits us, knowing a greater force is involved. Persistence reinforces this fact and soothes our soul.
Finally, we must understand that when we give our problems to God, he does answer them. We must be patient (Psalm 37:7; Psalm 40:1). God exists outside of time (2 Peter 3:8) and his resources are not of man (Isaiah 55:8).
We must allow God to act, knowing that he is completely good and dependable (1 John 1:5). Faith is required, if we will trust him (Hebrews 11:6). There may be actions we must take.
Ultimately, we must wait on God (Luke 1:37) and allow the master craftsman room to work. Otherwise, how will we view the finished masterpiece?