A World in Trouble, Part Two: A Problem with a Solution

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(Note: If you missed Part One, you can find it at devosanddumplings.wordpress.com, A World in Trouble: Part One, Mankind’s #1 Problem   Posted by Elizabeth Welsh on June 30, 2014.)

In my last post, we reflected on the fact that we live in a diverse world where conflicts are a part of life. However, we all know it’s unresolved conflicts that cause wars between nations, among one another and within our own hearts.

I don’t know about you. But nothing troubles me more than an unresolved conflict in my personal life. It forms a black cloud over me that never dissipates. That is, until I deal with it in a productive way.

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On the world stage, the list of unresolved conflicts continues to grow daily. Sadly, there are no workable solutions in sight. Only a black cloud threatening to overcome us.

A society that bases its philosophy on the premise that there is no one true God and no moral absolutes is doomed to fail. Result: unresolved conflict. Our leaders can’t agree on what the problems are, much less on how to solve them.

And yet, for those of us who are willing to seek God’s truth, there are absolutes on which we can base our faith. God alone can orchestrate lasting peace. And He does it by changing minds and healing hearts. As Billy Graham once said, “Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.”

I’m sure you remember the song with these words. “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” True peace on earth begins with the peace of God in individual hearts.

According to God’s Word, man’s core dilemma is his unresolved conflict with God. Therefore, what we believe in our hearts will determine how we approach God’s solution to the world’s problems.

So today, let’s examine our belief system. And if we need to, let’s be willing to readjust our thinking according to God’s answers to the following questions.


What do you believe 

  • about God’s love?  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Chris died for us.” Romans 5:8
  • about our sin? “This righteousness (right living) from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and (all who believe) are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:22-24
  • about faith? “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
  • about obedience? “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” II John 6
  • about the Holy Spirit? “His divine power (the Holy Spirit) has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge (belief) of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” II Peter 1:3
  • about forgiveness? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
  • about the world? “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the (problems of the) world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” I John 5:3-5
  • about our influence in the world? “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden . . . . Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14&16                                                                                                                                               

“Faith…comes only when the outward fact penetrates to the inner heart of man and takes possession of him there — and this is the work of the Spirit.” George Hendry

Yes, the world’s problems are complex. But the basic solution is simple. And as Albert Einstein wisely said, “When the solution is simple, God is answering.” Quotations on Just About Everything from the Greatest Mind of the Twentieth Century Compiled by Jerry Mayer & John P. Holms

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(Suggestion: Listen to this song and then ask God “What would you have me do?”)





4 Responses to “A World in Trouble, Part Two: A Problem with a Solution”
  1. Nora Burkhart says:

    Your clarity in a chaotic world is sheer delight and I thank you for directing my thoughts to useful fruitful places. Blessings on you dear friend,
    Nora B.

  2. Millie says:

    Timely stuff, Mom! Appreciate you always pointing to the Lord in the midst of everything! 🙂

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