What are some common mistakes I can make in handling problems? - Trouble - TouchPoints

What are some common mistakes I can make in handling problems?

Job 10:18-19Why, then, did you bring me out of my mother’s womb? Why didn’t you let me die at birth? Then I would have been spared this miserable existence. I would have gone directly from the womb to the grave.

Trouble can sometimes cause you to doubt God.

Genesis 16:3So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram first arrived in the land of Canaan.)

You might be tempted to impatiently take matters into your own hands instead of allowing God to work in his way, in his time.

Genesis 3:12-13“Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

Genesis 16:5Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s all your fault! Now this servant of mine is pregnant, and she despises me, though I myself gave her the privilege of sleeping with you. The Lord will make you pay for doing this to me!”

You might try to blame others for your self-inflicted problem and even your self-inflicted failed solution.

Numbers 13:25-29After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses . . . This was their report to Moses: “We arrived in the land you sent us to see, and it is indeed a magnificent country—a land flowing with milk and honey . . . But the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there!”

In the middle of trouble it’s easy to focus too much on the negative possibilities of what might happen rather than the positive potential of what God can do.

Genesis 16:8The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I am running away from my mistress,” she replied.

You can sometimes yield to the temptation to run away from your problems.