Problem allower

Since the rise of William James and John Dewey’s philosophy of pragmatism, Americans have become problem solvers.

Children are no longer taught to memorize in school. My sisters and I struggled long and hard to memorize the multiplication tables and geometric theorems in school. Now, students focus on practical solutions to problems

as a means-to-an-end. From that, they learn the ends justifies the means, and that’s not good thinking.

Some people call God “the great problem-solver.” While God’s word does solve problems in our lives if its truth is applied, God is not just a “problem-solver.” He is also a “problem-allower.”

Remember Job? Satan was the reason why Job suffered, but God allowed this good man to be tried. Why? There are two very good reasons.

God tests the faith of those who trust and obey him. Tried faith becomes stronger just as gold placed in a fire hot enough becomes purer (1 Peter 1:7). The other reason God tries the faithful is that we need to know the strength of our faith for the trials that are coming later. If we’re never tested, how can we know what we need to improve? God shows us how to improve by testing us, just as teachers help students learn more from administering tests.

So, God allows trials to everyone who trusts and obeys him. James wrote, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing,” (James 1:2-4 ESV).

This is why we need God to be a “problem-allower.”