Where should we go for help when we have problems? That is a good question which everyone must answer. We do have choices.
When you fall down and break your arm, it’s easy to decide to go to the doctor to get it set and a cast put on so that it will heal properly. God does the healing.
When you feel out of sorts and don’t know why, you know to get to a doctor and have a check up. You might have some disease like diabetes, or thyroid problems, or the flu. The doctor can help.
So, where should we go when things get so bad that we are anxious all the time and even become afraid of doing things? Or when we start having spells where we get out of breath, perspire, get weak, shaky, and our heart pounds?
First, I believe you should go to your family doctor and find out if there is anything physical going wrong in your body. They will run a few tests and tell you if you are physically alright.
Second, if your tests all come out okay, but you are still having these kinds of issues, then you should consider them to be of a spiritual nature.
“Struggles of the soul and problems of living must be dealt with as spiritual problems with spiritual solutions.” Competent to Minister, The Biblical Care of Souls, by Martin & Deidre Bobgan. (Pg. 15)
Psa 1:1-3 NASB How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
This Psalm tells us that we should not seek out worldly people for advice. That includes psychiatrists as well as Christian counselors who add psychology to their teaching. We should not even hang out with worldly people. Instead, we should go to the Word of God, delight in it, and meditate on it. There we will find the answers to problems of the soul. And God will bless us for going to Him for our counsel.
We can also go to mature spiritual Christians, or pastors who know the Bible and are living according to it. They can pray with us and for us. Along with the power of the Holy Spirit, God will reveal how to handle these problems.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “(Most) blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out it roots by the river and shall not see and fear when heat comes, but his leaf shall be green; he shall not be anxious and careful in the year of drought, not shall he cease from yielding fruit.” (Amplified Version)
God wants us to be blessed and not full of fear and dread.
Because God loves us and created us He knows how we tick. He has given us His Word as a guide.
2Ti 3:16-17 LITV All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work.
Scripture is sufficient to guide us in all things that have to do with the heart, soul, and mind.
2Pe 1:2-4 NASB Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
The Bible is full of promises. There are hundreds of them. God does not lie but He does keep His promises. He can do that because He is God. We fail miserably in that area don’t we? How many times has someone broken a promise to you and you were heartbroken? How many times have we also failed to live up to a promise? We all do it because we are human. But, not so, with God. If you find a promise in scripture you can be sure God will not let you down.
We don’t need psychiatrists telling us how to live our lives. We don’t need secular counselors giving us advise. We don’t need all those psychotropic drugs that put us in la-la land. We have the Wonderful Counselor! He is the Prince of Peace, and He can give us the peace that passes understanding.
Isa 9:6 NASB For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (NASB)
When Jesus left this earth He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell every believer to be our teacher, our comforter, and counselor.
Joh 14:26 LITV but the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and shall remind you of all things that I said to you. (LITV)
The Word of God is precious. Immerse yourself in it. Read and study the Word and you will find the answer to all your problems pertaining to life and godliness. We want to live in a way that glorifies our precious Savior.
As we grow in grace we become more and more like Christ. Our old habits, fears, and worries pass away. We don’t have to carry them anymore. Our Lord handles them for us. We begin to change as we put on new godly habits, and give our troubles to the one who loves us most. And, to think someday we will be like HIM! Oh, Glory to God!