Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

God tried to get the attention of His people. He sent Jeremiah and other prophets to remind them of His Word and reveal their sins. Although He warned them of the consequences of their actions, nothing changed.

Finally, God said He would “put problems in front” of them (NCV). They would face circumstances they could not ignore, ones they were unable to solve in their own strength. This would force them to turn to Him.

God uses many ways to speak to us and get our attention…to help us evaluate our lives, actions, choices, priorities, and beliefs. At times, He may allow us to experience problems. We may have to go through circumstances that challenge us, frustrate us, or stretch us. We even may be tempted to become afraid or worried.

As we face problems, we first may rely on our own skills and resources, our own thoughts and strength. We may turn to people we know or put our trust in governments and armies, businesses, and institutions. We may rely on the advice of counselors or educators, experts or scholars. Any or all of these might help us in the short run.

But eventually, like ancient Judah, we may face problems too difficult for our human options. These may cause us to realize our need to turn to God.

Today, don’t wait for a crisis to cause you to seek the Lord. Make Him the focus of your life. Seek to know His Word and obey it. Apply His principles to every situation you face.

Always be conscious of God’s presence with you. Make prayer a central part of your life, praying continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16) and about everything (Philippians 4:6). Constantly seek His wisdom.

As you face challenges and problems, listen to God and let Him guide you.