Adding To The Problem
Adding To The Problem
By Annette McDaniel
An object lesson for children illustrates the journey from sinfulness to salvation by using a glass jar half filled with clear water, representing the innocence of a small child. Slowly the jar is filled with a staining agent such as coffee and the water becomes murky and dark This shows how sin creeps into our lives as we go through life. But, when clear clean water is added, overflowing the container, it flushes out the blackened liquid until the contents are once again free of impurities. This demonstrates the cleansing work of Salvation that gives each of us a fresh start. We become new creatures because of the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
But you can’t get rid of the problem of sin by taking it out of the individual, you must add to the problem. God did not accomplish Salvation by removing evil from the world. He brought Salvation to the world. You cannot overcome darkness by focusing on the darkness. You overcome darkness by focusing on the light. Darkness is driven away by the light just as the dirty water was driven out of the jar by introducing clear, clean water.
So, why not just empty out the dirty water? Emptying the jar would simply leave a vacuum. In Matthew 12:43-45 the example is given regarding what happens when an unclean spirit goes out of a man. The evil thing wanders around finding nowhere to rest. So, it comes back to find its former home “empty, swept and put in order.” But there is a vacancy so the evil spirit gathers seven more spirits and moves back in making the problem much worse.
A psychology professor held a glass half full of water at arm’s length. Naturally her students thought she would ask the usual “is it half empty or half full” question. Instead she asked, “How much does it weigh?” Many answers were given until at last she replied. “It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for 30 seconds, I hardly notice the weight. If I hold it for several minutes my arm will become very tired. Beyond that, the weight will make the arm ache until I drop the glass. The longer we hang on to problems the heavier they become.”
If we release our hold on stress, worry and other worldly problems, rest assured that God will replace those negative emotions with peace. Our instructions are given in 1 Peter 5: 6-8. To cast our cares on Him who will do what He has already promised He will do. So, add trust to the problem.
When God added his Love to the sinful world, people were born again to a new life. But the world will always intrude. We must be continually filled with the Holy Spirit to keep the purity of Truth in our hearts. We must add to the problem: To hate, add love. To anger, add forgiveness. To sorrow, add joy. To emptiness, add friendship.
In The Book of Mysteries, Jonathan Kahn calls it the Immanuel Solution. Immanuel = God With Us. Add God to any problem for the solution to any problem.