Find­ing so­lu­tions to prob­lems

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - Kevin Mat­tatall Kevin Mat­tatall is the pas­tor of the Cape Bre­ton Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Church. The Cape Bre­ton Post wel­comes com­ments on his col­umn by email at pas­tor.kevin@ns.sym­pa­

How many know that it’s eas­ier to say what needs to be done than it is to be em­pow­ered to do what needs to be done?

Peo­ple who are over­weight know they are over­weight and may dream ev­ery night what it would be like to lose a few pounds.

I grew up around a lot of peo­ple who drank too much and they all knew that drink­ing was cost­ing them more than they were will­ing to pay but they couldn’t seem to quit.

Then we have the smoker who knows that it’s bad for them to be smok­ing and they have tried ev­ery­thing to stop smok­ing and yet they can’t.

I have talked with those who have drifted away from their faith in God and they told me they needed to get back to church. Some have even said that I will see them next Sun­day but there can be a great void be­tween the abil­ity to say what you want to hear and the in­ward power to do what needs to be done.

I used to think that peo­ple with in­ward de­sires to do bet­ter were not well enough in­formed about their prob­lem but that’s not true. I be­lieve that peo­ple with prob­lems are more aware of their prob­lems than any­one else. The trou­ble is be­ing aware of your prob­lem and know­ing the so­lu­tion to your prob­lem doesn’t al­ways equal free­dom from your prob­lem.

We can know it all and still not have the in­ward power that we need to change any­thing. I be­lieve that we can’t be­gin to change un­til we first ad­mit there are prob­lems that are be­yond our abil­ity to change. We can try self help and self will but with­out help from a higher power we will never know what it is to walk in di­vine free­dom.

Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Trust­ing in the best that man can build and the great­est things that man has tamed is no sub­sti- tute for those who trust in the Lord. We can trust that a lit­tle more re­search into the prob­lem will give us the an­swer or that our gov­ern­ment will some­how pro­tect us from our en­e­mies and give us peace of mind.

Psalm 127:1 “Un­less the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Un­less the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own un­der­stand­ing; in all your ways sub­mit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anx­i­ety on him be­cause he cares for you.”

Trust­ing the Lord is easy enough to say and do on a good day but can we still trust in the Lord on our worse day? Can we trust that Je­sus will take our mixed up messes and turn them into a mes­sage of hope and love? Can we trust Him when we may not know how and we may not know when but we do be­lieve that He will work things out for our good?

Cast­ing your cares on Him is not al­ways easy but it is al­ways nec­es­sary. Mil­lions of peo­ple around the world to­day are trust­ing the Lord and I be­lieve that you can to. It’s not a shame to have a big prob­lem that you can’t han­dle but it’s a shame that you carry it when the Lord is will­ing to carry it for you.

Give Him your cares and find a good church to at­tend. God bless you all.

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