Mark 2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.
Tackling the symptoms of a problem will never fix the problem; the only way to fix a problem is to address it from the root. That is another principle that was taught by Jesus. He taught that principle when he was confronted by the Pharisees and the disciples of John. They asked him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?” Jesus used a couple of analogies to explain the reason. One of which is that “no man seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment”. The point Jesus was making was that his disciples fasting now, would be like covering up old problems with a new garment, thus giving the illusion that the problem is no longer there. The real problem was that mankind had a sinful nature, and no amount of fasting could have taken that away. Therefore, rather than his disciples fasting then to look like they are righteous, it would be better that they wait until their sinful nature is replaced with a Godly nature.
Covering up a problem will never cause it to go away, it will only make it worse. The scripture alluded to that when it said “and the rent is made worse.” David found this out the hard way in 2 Samuel 13 when his son Amnon raped his sister Tamar, who had the same mother as Absalom, another son of David. Absalom hated Amnon for what he did, but David glossed over the matter and did not address it at the root to bring healing and reconciliation. The result was that Absalom conspired against Amnon and slew him 2 years later. What was a bad situation got worse because it was not addressed at the root.
It is said that you can only correct what you confront. To confront a problem is to address it at the root. Not only is a refusal to confront problems a decision that makes the matter worse, it is also making the choice to live with the same problem for the rest of your life.
Life Application: Rather than cover up problems, confront them by identifying the root cause(s) and coining solutions that eliminate the root. Where possible consult with others, particularly those who have overcome similar problems in the past.
Prayer: Lord, it is often so much easier to ignore a problem rather than confront it. However, in your infinite wisdom you have shown the importance of dealing with problems at the root. May I follow your word and do just that. In Jesus name, amen.