When there are so many needs in the world, how is it possible to help each one?
This is something that I struggle with in my everyday life greatly. I see my family, loved ones, friends, and even strangers that are in need and immediately have the great desire to help them. But as I have found, whenever I try to help every person I come across, it is a very good way to burn myself out.
This brings us back to my first question, when there are so many needs in the world, how is it possible to help each one?
When looking at the full picture of each problem our world has, or even the people in our lives have, it can be overwhelming. But it makes me think of how God must have felt right before He sent Jesus to earth. God didn’t look at the world and see one big problem, He looked at the world and saw each problem in each individual persons lives. You see, every problem matters to God. God cares about everything we are going through, and that compassion and love is what drove Him to send His only Son to die on the cross for us to be relieved from the problems associated with sin. He didn’t send Jesus to solve one big problem, but rather to help with each and every problem we will all ever face on earth in our lifetimes.
Yes, the biggest problem Jesus took care of on the cross was sin. But beneath sin lies a whole root system of the causes and effects of sin such as temptation, sickness, and lack.
I think this is important to understand because it relieves the burdon from our shoulders to relieve every problem we see. Understand, it is not our job to solve every person’s problems. Jesus already provided each person their solution and their salvation from any problem they will ever face. Our job is to point people to their solution: Jesus.
I’m not writing this to tell you that you don’t have to care about people, but rather I am writing to tell you to care about people enough to show them the love of God and give them the answers found in Jesus.
How freeing it is to know that other people’s hopes don’t rest on our shoulders! Instead they can be brought to the feet of Jesus, and never have to plague us again!
This holiday season you will encounter many needs. But don’t let it discourage you! God has already provided the answer to every one of the needs our world is facing, it is just up to us to take hold of each answer and give our problems to God!