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I always only have one problem

What helped me live by faith

This morning I remembered a conversation I had 24 years ago while walking with a friend in the hills above UC Irvine.

He said that when he thought he had lots of problems, it helped to realize that he always only had one problem — whether he was going to trust God or not.

I needed that — because this morning I faced multiple problems:

  • Two tough decisions
  • Three urgent deadlines
  • Some discouraging news

Only one problem?

If I’m counting right — I had SIX problems.  Why say I only have one?

It’s because of promises like Psalm 28:7 —

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

I might have six problems — but the psalmist says that if I will trust God, then He will help with each problem.

How will He help?  Here’s what we find in God’s Word —

  • He will give wisdom for every decision (James 1:5).
  • He will give time, strength, and ability for every deadline (Psa 31:15).
  • In every discouragement He will bring comfort (2Cor 1:3-4), give wisdom (James 1:5), and use it to bring me a future and a hope (Jer 29:11).

It’s not that God’s help makes everything easy.  But His help will take care of every problem.

So how do I receive God’s help?  Psa 28:7 says — by trusting Him.

Which means I really only have one problem — whether or not I am going to trust Him.


But this morning my faith felt like road-kill.  I was so focused on my problems that I was blind to God’s goodness, power, and wisdom.

So how am I going to trust God?

Good news.  God takes care of THAT problem, too — by promising to strengthen my faith (Luke 22:31-32).

If we will ask Him (Mark 9:24), and pray over God’s Word (Rom 10:17), then because of Jesus’ death God will run to us, meet us, and strengthen our faith.

That’s what He did for me today.  He used —

  • Zeph 3:2 to urge me to draw near to Him.
  • A time of prayer over Jer 29:11 to show me His wisdom, power, and goodness.
  • Time with Jan exploring a wildlife preserve to open my eyes to His creation.
  • The Newsboy’s song “Devotion” to stir greater desire to be devoted to Him.

Now I am trusting Him.  Which means I can be assured that God will help with every problem.

Next steps

Do you have any thoughts, reflections, push-backs?  Feel free to leave a reply below.  Thanks.

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