I don’t know who is reading this blog post, but let me make a prediction. You’re probably dealing with some problems in your life. They may not be big problems, or perhaps they are. Big, small, or somewhere in between, problems seem to simply be a part of life. After all, we live in a world that is fallen. Christian counselor Bob Kelleman likes to remind his students and counselees, “The world is fallen and sometimes it falls on us.” For some people, “sometimes” seems like all the time.
Bad News and Good News
So the bad news is that problems seem to be a common part of life. The good news is that God is ready to help. He has provided the means to help us deal with all the problems of life. In fact, the Apostle Peter tells us, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3, ESV). So if God has given His people all things that pertain to life and godliness, part of all things includes help in dealing with life’s problems.
Finding God’s Help for Life’s Problems
You might be thinking, “That’s great, but where do I find these helps?” I would suggest we consider the second part of the verse above. Where do we find “knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence?” I would suggest two primary locations. The first of these is the church, the assembly of God’s people, who have been charged with making disciples, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is in the church, where God’s Word is to be rightly preached and his sacraments rightly administered. While the church is not the focus of this post, it is a vital source in dealing with life’s problems.
The other primary location for finding God’s help with life’s problems, and my focus in this and subsequent posts, is God’s Word. It is in God’s Word where we find “knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” It is in the Bible, where God reveals himself and his plan to save his people from the effects of the fallen world. So, let’s turn not to the wisdom of the world, but to the wisdom of God who created the world and all that is in it. And remember, God created the world good. We are the ones who have ruined it, leading to problems.
More From Peter
As quoted above, Peter tells us that God has given us all we need for life and godliness. This same Peter wrote another letter (1 Peter) that is full of the very helps we need to deal with life’s problems. I have been profoundly impacted by this letter. So much so, that I have taught through the letter twice and preached through it once. The wisdom Peter gives throughout this letter has been both a great help to me and to those who joined me in sitting under his Spirit-inspired teaching.
I am returning to the wisdom of Peter once again and I would like to share some of the insights Peter gives with yet another audience. I am excited to add a new resource to my study of this letter. I was recently able to find a copy of a hard to find practical commentary on this letter authored by the father of modern biblical counseling, Jay Adams. I’m looking forward to adding his insights to those I have already found and share them with you.
So, stay tuned for this new blog series, where we will be quick to hear all that Peter has to tell us about dealing with the trials and tribulations of life. I confess I haven’t been consistent with my blog posts. I ask for your prayers that I may be steadfast in my blogging through this series. You see, like you, I am dealing with some life problems too. I need to sit at the Apostle’s feet and learn the wisdom he received firsthand from our Lord Jesus Christ.
Until next time, remember to be quick to hear, slow to speak,