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Don’t let problems bug you

Don’t let problems bug you

    My two year old daughter ran full tilt toward me, mouth locked in a full bore, little girl scream.  She tackled me at the knees in an attempt to find safety.  She gasped between sobs, "A bug, Daddy!  A bug!"  
    I could understand her fright.  As a youngster, it was spiders that terrified me.  But understanding such fear doesn't make it logical.
    My little girl was in no danger from the dot-sized bug that sent her shrieking.  She was three feet tall, the bug stood three millimeters tall.  She weighed thirty pounds; the bug couldn't have weighed over a 30th of a gram.  She had an above average IQ; the bug had a flea-brain.  The tiny insect had infinitely much more to fear from my daughter than she had to fear from it.  But that quivering two year old in my arms didn't comprehend her position in the world.  Her reality was that that bug was a menacing threat.
    We Christians can find themselves cowering over problems of bug-like proportions.  Yes, to our eyes they seems huge, monstrous.  But they never are.   Because of the relationship the Creator of the cosmos has with us, there is never anything to fear.  There is nothing we can't face; nothing we can't cope with; nothing we can't overcome.
    “If God is for us, who can be against us?” the apostle asks (Romans 8:31).  The answer: No one.  Here’s why: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?...  Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”  Jesus, his life for us, his death for us, his resurrection for us certifies we live under our Father constant care.  (Check out Paul’s entire argument for God’s unwavering commitment to us in Romans 8:28-39.)  
    Don’t let the problems of life bug you.  There’s no need.  Our God’s grace is infinitely greater than any problems we could ever face.