As believers, it is the Word of God that is the source and resource for every divine solution to human problems. When we think of the empty cross and the open Bible, we realize that the two primary aspects of biblical hope are salvation and obedience. Thus, our problem solving efforts are always in line with and on the basis of the Word of God. I know of no better passage to frame our thoughts about this than 2 Timothy 3:16:
All scripture in given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
In this verse, God assures us that the Scripture is profitable for doctrine in which we see His heart, mind, will and purpose for our lives. In reproof, as we examine our ABC’s in direct relationship to His will (Attitudes, Behavior, Communication), we see those thoughts or actions or words that fail to accomplish His heart by our being conformed to the image of His Son. In correction, we make a directional change as we repent of those areas of self-will which we have identified. Then, in practical restructure, we take the instruction in righteousness given in His Word about the long term habit patterns that need to be changed in order to glorify Him.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
The question to ask ourselves today and every day, to make assessment of our Biblical problem solving skills is :
"How am I doing in being more and more like Christ in the way I think, in the way I walk, and in the way I talk?"
May God bless you today as you solve problems, make decisions, and resolve conflicts biblically.
© 1999 N.A.Collins