A story is told of two hikers who stumbled upon a huge bear. Abandoning all sense and instruction about what they should have done in this situation, they ran for cover. One man climbed a tree while the other hid in a nearby cave. The bear was in no hurry to eat, so he sat down between the tree and the cave to reflect upon his good fortune. For no apparent reason, the hiker in the cave came rushing out, hesitated, and then dashed back in again. The same thing happened a second time. When he emerged for the third time, his companion in the tree frantically called out, “Woody, are you crazy? Stay in the cave until the bear leaves!” “Can’t,” panted Woody, “there’s another bear in there.”
Do you ever feel like you are caught between two huge problems? There are certainly times in life when everything comes crashing down at once. Problems, struggles, and struggles sometimes seem to come one after another, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. When these problems come our way, let’s remember some of the encouraging messages from God.
Let’s not forget that we aren’t overcome by our temptations, and God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle, but will provide the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Let’s not forget that God loves us and He will help with all our worries, needs, and problems (Matthew 6:25-33).
Let’s not forget that we should always place our cares, worries, and troubles on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
God has never promised that this life will be free from difficulty, trouble, and pain. Consider all that happened to His own Son, the apostles, prophets, and other followers. There is no reason we should think we will be exempt from hardship. We can, however, be certain that God will help us make it through and be ever confident of His love and support.
Bear-sized problems will come up. When they do, don’t forget to lean upon the One who can help us, no matter how large the problem.