When I began counseling, I saw myself as a sort of professional problem-solver. In my naivety, I did not appreciate how broadly biblical counseling could impact the lives of others (as well as my own). Reflecting back I can now see that for twenty-five years, God has directed the path of every conversation that has taken place in my office. In those years, He has faithfully shepherded the heart of every Client (often despite my blunders) as He ministered to them through the Scriptures. It has been a privilege (though humbling) to witness the courage of those who entrusted their lives to Him as they endured severe hardship and grew in their faith. Many times I have felt like the proverbial “fly-on-the-wall” as I have watched God’s Spirit work out the impossible. These are a few of the insights I have gained along the way:
- Problems are a constant–this is NOT heaven and we ALL have a history.
- Tough times provide powerful opportunities for personal growth and character development.
- In helping others, a personal commitment to applying the Scriptures in our own lives (along with a good measure of humility) impacts the receptiveness of the receiver.
- To go deeper with God, our focus should not be on the problem but on God and the wisdom of the Scriptures:
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”
made His light shine in our hearts . . . .
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.”
II Corinthians 4:6,18
Whatever challenge you face (or are trying to help someone else with), I pray that you will be strengthened by this truth:
It is in the challenging times that God invites us
into a deeper conversation with Him.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
for the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
And perseverance must finish it’s work,
so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault.”
This may be your ultimate opportunity . . . so go for it!
All to His Glory!