Our world is laden with problems. Problems in the financial world, problems in domestic life, problems in our personal life and the list goes on and on. Problems will exist in our world because we are a fallen world plagued by the curse of sin. Problems however become a problem when we become apart of the problem and not the solution. Too many people fall under the heading of the problem maker rather than the problem solver. We become a problem maker when we allow our sinful self to become our decision maker. The Bible has numerous examples of people who were accounted as problem makers rather than problem solvers. Here are a few examples of problem makers and solvers:
1. Cain (problem maker) Abel (problem solver) – Abel did what was pleasing to God while Cain did not do what was pleasing to God. Cain created problems for himself (he became a murderer) and his brother Abel (Abel became a victim of his brother’s jealousy). Genesis 4
2. King Ahab (problem maker) King Josiah (problem solver) – King Ahab sold himself to do evil like no one one else had ever done 1 Kings 21:25 whereas there was not a king after or before Josiah who turned to the Lord with all his heart 2 Kings 23:25. Josiah valued God as head of his life while Ahab had no value or regard for God.
3. Abraham (problem solver) King Saul (problem maker) – Abraham obeyed God explicitly Genesis 22 while Saul obeyed God partially 1 Samuel 15. Partial obedience is no obedience.
Today let each of us do our own inward introspection and decide whether we are problem solvers or problem makers. If we find ourselves to be problem makers more than solvers let us genuinely pray like King David that the Holy Spirit might renew our hearts and our entire outlook on life. Here is King David’s psalm:
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.