Talk to your problems about God

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king.” Daniel 3:16-17(CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Talk to your problems about God.”
 
On one of the mission teams I led into the Amazon Jungle of Peru there was an older man, a healthcare professional, who reminded me of the cartoon character “Mr. Magoo”. If you’re old enough to remember Mr. Magoo, you know he was an elderly man who had a large nose, a fleshy face with heavy jowls, and a harmless and benevolent manner. He was also pretty eccentric. And, he was always muttering and mumbling to himself.
 
So too my teammate. He was actually pretty physically fit for a man in his 70s (which is why he was with me in the Amazon Jungle) but he sort of looked like Mr. Magoo. Also, like Mr. Magoo, he was a bit eccentric, and he too was always quietly muttering and mumbling. Finally, one day I asked him, “Gene, who are you talking to?” To which he responded, “I’m talking to myself, and it’s a private conversation!”
 
But he said it as a joke and as I continued to ease-drop on his mutterings and mumblings I realized that he wasn’t really talking to himself most of the time. Usually he was talking half out loud to God, or he was talking to his problems about God. Yes, he would actually talk to the situation or to the problem and tell it how God was going to handle it.
 
That sounds funny until you realize how Biblical it is. That’s what the three Hebrew boys were doing in Daniel 3:16-17 (above). The king and the blazing furnace were the problem, and so they talked to the problem about God. Moses did the same thing in his encounters with Pharoah. David talked to Goliath about God. Jesus and Paul both talked to demons about God. And Jesus told us to talk to mountains about God.
 
We all commonly talk to God about our problems, but how often do we talk to our problems about God?  Maybe Mr. Magoo and my friend Gene were on to something. Maybe we would all be a little better off, and a little more effective at dealing with our problems, if we gave them a good talking to about the God who is looking out for us and who is helping us.
 
It’s good to talk to God about your problems. It’s even better to talk to your problems about God.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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