“They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; …” (Numbers 21:4)

To reach the Promised Land the Israelites had to “go around the land of Edom” (v. 4). This made their journey much longer, and “the people became very discouraged on the way”. There’s a lesson here. The best way to escape a problem is to solve it. Between you and your “promised land” you’ll face issues that have to be resolved. Recognizing obstacles for what they are — temporary tests of your resolve, ability, and faith in God — won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to handle them. So let’s discuss problem solving. First, recognize that you’ll always have problems. And second, have a plan.

If you’re dealing with family, expect problems. If you’re just minding your own business and trying to relax, expect problems. If everything goes according to plan, then be pleasantly surprised. If it doesn’t, and you’ve planned accordingly, you won’t get so frustrated. A problem not anticipated is a problem. A problem anticipated is an opportunity. Paul said, “To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us … be glory … forever” (Ephesians 3:20-21). The problem you’re facing today is just an opportunity for God to do for you or through you what you can’t do by yourself.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing problems in my life. Help me see them as opportunities to learn and move forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike