“I only see problems… I only see difficulties… when I look to the left, there’s problems. If I turn to the right, there are more problems. I go on an interview for a job, I see problems. If I do get the job, once I start working, I have problems on the job. If I start a relationship, I have problems. I have problems with my wife, my children, my boss at work, at church, I see problems in my pastors… Everywhere, I only see problems!”
This is the situation of many people. They never see solutions or anything good. They only see problems. Let us look here at these two different reports:
10 spies said:
Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak …The Amalekites… the Hittites…Jebusites… Amorites…the Canaanites” Numbers 13:27-29
Joshua and Caleb said:
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30
Moses sent the spies, and the majority came back with a negative report because they only saw problems. They had no vision to see the milk and honey that God had promised them. They only saw difficulties and problems. But Joshua and Caleb saw differently. They saw the enemies, but they did not pay attention to the problems. They saw the solution! They saw the milk and honey and brought back as proof, the results.
If your eyes only see problems, then you will never get married… you will never be healed… you will never prosper… you will never be happy.
But when you change your vision and stop looking at the problems, even though the problems do exist, you use your faith and look at the solution. Then you will find the solution.
There is a promised land! It has been hidden from your eyes, because you have been focusing on the problems. You need to change your vision! The solution is before your eyes. You just need to do what Abraham did. He saw the stars and could not count them nor the sand on the seashore. In that moment, God showed him a vision of what he wanted to do in his life. And he indeed became the father of many nations.
Do not keep looking at the problems, nor your limitations. Look up to the sky and see the stars!
May the God of the Bible Bless You!
Bishop Bira Fonseca