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Problems Are a Reality of Life (1 Peter 4:12)

Introductory Thoughts

Problems are a reality of life. The Lord cautioned concerning this truth when He said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John 16:33). Simon Peter echoed this sentiment when he said, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12). Problems, trials, and tribulations occur because of sin’s presence, and so long as sin remains within this world, men will face difficulties. Though the nature of these problems varies, the foundational solutions are the same: problems must be faced, and spiritual, scriptural solutions must be sought. Failure to do so only increases the presence and impact of the problems.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): No one escapes having problems (Job 14:1). The apostle Paul had been stoned at Lystra. After preaching in another town, he returned to Lystra and warned his disciples that problems would come, but they should continue serving God (Acts 14:19-22).
  • (For everyone): What are some problems you are presently facing? Are you able to identify the source of any of these problems? What are you doing to resolve the problems?
  • What is your first reaction when a serious problem arises? Do you try to hide or ignore the problem in hopes it will disappear? Does that appear to be working?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to help you solve the problems that you face.
  • Ask God for wisdom in settling troubling conflicts.