Would you like to know how to get rid of every problem you can think of? Seriously, if you made a list of all your problems from the ants in your kitchen to the boss who puts you down—even your child who has denied Christ—the root of the problem is simple. The reason we are troubled with problems has one simple root. We do not listen to God.
Psalm 81:8, 11 says, “Hear, O my people, and I will warn you— if you would but listen to me, O Israel! ...But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.”
I’m not kidding about this. God’s Word says it is true. If we listen to God about every problem we face, we will no longer see them as problems to be rid of but rather as opportunities to learn spiritual truths.
Think about it. What was the origin of problems in the universe anyway? It was when Adam and Eve didn’t listen to God. To whom did they listen? Eve listened to the serpent and Adam listened to Eve. Could that be the reason your problems are still your problems? Are you listening to everyone else besides God? Do you block out God’s voice because your head is too full of your own solutions or the radio announcer’s gimmick?
Sometimes listening to other people is how we listen to God. He often uses wise people to show us truths about the universe and about His Word. When we listen to others in this way, God confirms that it is His voice through His world and by His peace. There are times that we need to humbly listen.
How much listening have you done lately? Are you paying attention to what God is saying to you? Do you spend time daily in His Word listening to what He is telling you? Do you bring your problems to Him and ask Him for guidance? Or do you segregate your life into real life and spiritual? God can use any relationship and any problem to transform your spiritual reality. He longs to transform you.
Revelation 3:20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Do you hear the knock? Have you ignored His presence? Do you invite Him in? Do you eat with Him?
Write a list of all the problems you are facing. Bring these to God and ask Him to be a part of your life. Invite Him to lead you in the way you should go regarding all these problems. Submit to Him, and you will get to the root of the problem. Just listening to God and believing that you are not alone is in itself a healing experience.
Keep that list before you during the next month and make a note of anything you feel God telling you to do about the problem—then do it. Don’t be like Israel. Instead, listen to God and submit to Him. Observe what happens to your problems when you listen and submit to God.