On occasion my wife will have a bad day or will be going through something difficult at work or with the kids, and she wants to talk to me about it. First, I do as every good husband does and let her outline the problem. Then, once I have a good grasp of the problem, I do as every good husband does and I begin telling her how she can fix the problem. God, in his infinite wisdom, made men to be problem solvers and there is nothing more satisfying than to unlock someone else’s unsolvable life riddle. Finally, once I have presented the clear and obvious solution to the issue she faces, I do as every good husband does and apologize for half an hour for missing the point.

You see, my wife doesn’t want me to solve her problems. That’s not why she tells me about them. She wants me to shut up, listen to what’s going on in her life, and simply care about it. For most of us life presents an ongoing series of problems. Money, relationships, marriage, kids, work, school, bills…all of these things come with their own set of complications. You can solve one only to find another has sprung up like a dandelion when you weren’t looking. Perhaps there is something we need other than the solution to all our problems.

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.
Psalm 31:7

The writer of this passage is not in a good place. He is in a real place of danger, calling out to God for rescue and protection from his enemies. As he entrusts his spirit into God’s hand for help it is interesting to see where he draws his comfort and strength. His encouragement comes not from his problems being solved but from the fact that he knows God sees him and God cares about him

God sees your troubles. No matter what you are going through, no matter how insurmountable or hopeless, God sees you. He knows what you are facing. You are not alone.

God cares about the anguish of your soul. God’s heart breaks with yours when your soul is in anguish. He is not indifferent to your suffering or uncaring about your pain. You matter to him, and he cares when you are in distress.

God responds with his unfailing love. Your problem may not be immediately resolved. Your conflict may not end right away, but God’s guarantee is that when you cry out to him his unfailing love will see you through whatever you are facing.

The reality is that experiencing God’s unfailing love is a better outcome than having all of the issues in our lives resolved. A valley with God’s love is far better than a mountain top without. Our God sees us, cares about us and loves us with an unfailing love, and that is better than the best problem solver in the world.