How often do you worship your problems? This may sound like a silly question, but I know I’m guilty of doing this and there’s a high possibility you are, too. Common synonyms of worship in verb form are to revere, glorify, venerate. In the noun form there’s the definition of adulation, idolize, and deify.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
In some ancient cultures, the people took this worship of problems very literal. They would make replicas of diseased body parts as a way to offer them to their various gods with a request for healing. We see an example of this in 1 Samuel 4-6, when the Philistines stole the ark of the God and in turn they all acquired a plague of hemorrhoids. In turn, they decided they better return the ark along with some golden replica hemorrhoids in the hope that they would be healed. Yeah, completely weird, but are we much different?
So while we may not be crafting some tangible idols in the form of our problems, complaining about them is pretty much the same thing. We build idols in our minds using our words as the material. Complaining or consistently speaking out our fear is focusing on the issue and elevating it to a status in our life that it has a greater influence. If faith comes by hearing, then what are we speaking out to impact our faith? Are we magnifying our God, or are we magnifying our problem?
Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18
Throughout the Bible, we see there’s a way to lament, but still honor God. We can bring Him our problems and worship the fact that we know our God is greater than anything we face. We know He is in control. We can give Him our burdens in full confidence that He will help us in a time of need. He has a plan. He has a purpose. He is on the throne and for this we can be thankful and give Him all the praise.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7