“Having fewer problems is not living. It’s dying.”- Ichak Adizes
Today John Ortberg discusses the fourth way God’s wisdom can lead us to, as well as help us through, open doors we encounter.
4. What’s your problem? Pastor Ortberg observes that each of us will be defined by our biggest problem: “Your identity is defined by the problem you embrace.”
John adds that what we need is a God-sized problem, because when God calls people He calls them to face a problem. However, there is a standard word for the condition of truly being problem-free. That word is dead.
When John asks the question, “What’s your problem?” he really means, “Do you have a problem worth of your best energies, worthy of your life?” The author states that we don’t grow by avoiding problems. The real sign of growth is our ability to handle larger and more interesting problems.
Followers of Jesus purposefully embrace problems. It’s part of discerning what God’s will is for our lives. Pastor Ortberg notes:
“Very often a sense of calling comes when people begin to pay attention to what moves their hearts.”
For Moses, it was Pharaoh’s oppression and enslavement of the Israelites. For David, it was Goliath’s taunts. There are many broken walls in this world. Which one is breaking your heart?
Today’s question: What is your response to the opening quote by Ichak Adizes? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Why am I still here?”