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Here's Why Your Problems Keep You in a Corner

Problems never just go away or take care of themselves. The Lord will patiently wait and permit the circumstances to compel us to do what we should have done at the beginning.

Why Your Burdens Seem so Heavy

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Remember Jacob? Before his sons could purchase any more grain for the famine, he was required to bring the very person Jacob had refused to release into God’s control—his youngest son, Benjamin. In Jacob’s own words, “My son shall not go down with you” (Gen. 42:38).

However, like straws loaded on a camel’s back, day after parched day of the famine finally took their toll. It’s the same with us.

But the weight on our shoulders isn’t ours to bear.

Our problems keep us in a corner until we turn to God.

The Corner Has a Corner to Turn

“If it must be so,” Jacob conceded, “take your brother also, and arise, return to the man” (Gen. 43:11-13).

Yes, Jacob, it must be so. It always will. The circumstances kept Jacob in a corner until they forced him to do what he had refused to do otherwise: trust God with his sons.

Judah reminded Jacob that they could have gone to Egypt and returned twice in the time it was taking Jacob to surrender Benjamin. Two round trips from Hebron to Egypt amounted to about 1,000 miles—or seven weeks hard travel. Jacob wasted seven weeks in a corner, only to find himself facing the same issue as he faced in the beginning.

From the example of Jacob let us learn patient endurance, should the Lord often compel us, by pressure of circumstances, to do many things contrary to the inclination of our own minds. —John Calvin

Your Problems Keep You in a Corner

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Why Your Problems Keep You in a Corner

Problems don’t just go away. They keep us in a corner so that we will turn to God. The result? We discover God is trustworthy.

We should hold nothing as dear to us as trust in God—not money, not a position, not even a child. Ultimately, comfort cannot come from a hope that God will protect us from pain.

Our comfort can only come from trusting that God remains in complete control for His good purposes—even in what seems the worst of circumstances.

Tell me what you think: What have you learned in those times you were stuck in the corner? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • John

    Thank you for this article, I needed it. I spent most of my life living in a dark corner. It wasn’t until I stopped wanting God to take away my problem and started wanting Him for who He is, then humbling myself to live in obedience, did He show me the way out of the corner.

    • You’re welcome, John. That corner is a hard place to be. Humility is the only exit. Thank you for your courage and for encouraging others with the Lord you have found. God bless.

  • Stacy

    I understand and work hard to trust the last line of your post…”comfort can only come from trusting that God remains in complete control
    for His good purposes—even in what seems the worst of circumstances”. Your first two sentences “Problems never just go away or take care of themselves. The Lord will patiently wait and permit the circumstances to compel us to do what we should have done at the beginning”… I struggle with this because I work on this over and over … I beat myself up because I realize how much of my life I have wasted not completely consistently trusting in God’s plan or timing. I am making progress but it has been painfully slow. My heart and life so shattered. I have wasted so much time. I am afraid someday God will show me how much He put in front of me that I missed and/ or wasted. I want to be better at trusting and seeing my purpose… Thank you for writing and making sense of God’s word for all of us.

    • It’s a wise person who will look back at their past and learn from it, Stacy. But it’s not God’s desire for you to dwell on the past so as to rob your present and future of the joy God offers through Jesus Christ. The Lord would have you make the most of where you are today rather than live in constant regret. I think you will find encouragement in listening to this message I gave about how God restores what sin has taken from you. If you have not already, I believe you’ll find help in what to do next from my book, Waiting on God. Don’t lose heart, Stacy. God will waste none of what you have experienced if you will surrender it all—even your failures—to Him for His glory. God bless.

  • What a wonderful post, Wayne. I learn more in the trials than the triumphs, but I definitely do not want to learn that way!

    • Thank you, Skip. I’m with you. Trials are always better in hindsight. Then again, there’s a strange peace when you’re struggling inside the will of God. Thanks for your significant posts.

  • Breitnica Mascarenhas

    Trusting the Lord & surrendering our will to him is the best thing to do!!!