In at least one respect, you and I are just alike. Over the course of my life, I have encountered many problems and countless unwelcomed situations that I was not equipped to handle. In the face of each of these challenges, I have had the opportunity to do things the right way by giving the problem to God or to do things the wrong way by internalizing the problem and attempting to solve it from a purely emotional posture.
Over the span of my life, I have failed many times to give my problems to the Lord, and I have faced the consequences as a result of those poor decisions. But as time marches on, I am learning how to relinquish my challenges to God. I am learning how to bring God into the picture early in the problem-solving process, and I am learning to let God take care of those things I cannot control.
When I look back over my life, I sometimes roll my eyes and sigh when I stop to think about how ignorant I used to be regarding the proper way to deal with life’s setbacks. But when I look back, I also am grateful that God has taught me some things along the way. None of my trials have been wasted, because all of them have played a role in helping me to understand what God wants me to do whenever a future problem intrudes upon my life. God wants me to give the problem to him.