The Oxford Dictionary defines a problem as:
A thing that is difficult to deal with or to understand


What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts! Proverbs 18:13 TLB
What do we do when we are faced with a problem? Our natural reaction is to look for the solution. This approach would make it harder for us to find a solution because we don’t have an understanding of what we are dealing with.


The first thing to do when we encounter a problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem.


Secondly, we should try to clearly define the problem. The clearer we define the problem, the better our chance of finding the solution. Therefore, we need to ask questions to help us think more about what we are dealing with. Asking questions will lead us to gather more information about the problem.


Thirdly, we have to keep our minds open to the information and ideas gathered which will lead us to possible solutions. We should bear in mind that a solution could be good but not the best for the situation. We should also be open to new ideas and if possible be creative.


“Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.” James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ERV‬‬
Next, we need God’s wisdom to be able to discern which solution is best suited for the problem. God is willing to give us wisdom but we have to ask Him for it!


“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” Proverbs‬ ‭21:5‬ ‭MSG‬‬
When we have picked the best solution, we need to implement an action plan that is specific and easy to carry out. As we carry out the plan we should have checkpoints to see how well it’s working and what needs to be adjusted till we have finally solved the problem.


“Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ICB‬‬
Finally, don’t worry about your problems, pray about them! We should also thank God for providing the solution to the problem.


The article was written by Sapphire Ezikpe-Kalu


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