Focus on the positive with God in overcoming life’s tribulations

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By Greg Dumas

"Keep your eyes on God who is greater than any problem.”
These were the words of a mother to her beloved daughter as she wrote to encourage her to solve the problems that she was now confronted with in her young life.
This is a lesson that we would all do well to learn. With God all things are possible and we must never waver in our trust of Him.
The way we deal with crisis in our lives is directly related to our attitudes. A positive approach will invariably give us the advantage in dealing with the "giants" in our lives. Remember God is greater than any problem that we will ever have.
Caleb was among the 12 men who were chosen to search out the land as the Hebrews approached the new home that had been promised to them.
When they returned, 10 of the spies brought a message of despair:
“There we saw the giants." Numbers 13:33
But Caleb had "a different spirit" and challenged the Israelites to take the land, with the help of God. There was no doubt in his mind that the task before them could be accomplished with the help of God.
He focused on the positive and did not allow what he had seen to deter him from the task that God had set before his people.
Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said:
“'Let us go at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it'." Numbers 13:30
What was it that made Caleb and his friend Joshua act contrary to the advise given by the other 10 spies and encourage the Hebrews to go up and take the land?
They believed in the power of their God and as a result of their positive attitude, both Caleb and Joshua were allowed to enter the promised land while the rest of those adults who had been freed from the bondage of slavery in the land of Egypt perished in the wilderness before they could enter that land flowing with milk and honey.
How often do we allow ourselves to be discouraged by the daily cares that seem to occupy so much of our time?
When we suffer the loss of a loved one, or are ridiculed for the stand that we take on a certain issue, do we withdraw as the apostles sometimes did, or will we take a positive stance and as the platitude goes, "Get on with our lives."
Let me encourage you to internalize the attitude that we read about int he book of James where he wrote,
"My breathern, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing thise that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2-4
Eugene C. Dumas is preacher at Manatee Springs Church of Christ.