“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:26).
Recently I was connecting an electronic gadget to the Internet. I went into the advanced settings and tried everything I could think of to connect the device, but it ended up creating a mess.
Only after much frustration and irritation did I finally realize all I needed to do was connect the device to the Internet and it would do the rest. I was seriously over thinking the problem.
We do this with many of the problems that come into our lives. On more than one occasion God has told me to “leave it alone”, that either He would work it out, or the problem would work itself out.
But often we want to “fix” things ourselves, to figure things out ourselves, and we can sometimes make a problem worse.
While reading the Charles Stanley Study Bible I came across his suggestion that we should consider HALT before making any decisions. This acronym stands for:
H – Hunger
A – Anger
L – Loneliness
T – Tiredness
We should HALT and never make a decision when these affect our judgment.
That is good advice, and I think it is also worth considering that many problems and challenges should be wholly placed into the hands of Jesus, we should quit trying so hard to figure everything out.
We need wisdom and guidance from God to deal with all the problems in our lives, and sometimes we simply need to be patient and trust the situation to God.
My state’s motto is “with God all things are possible.”
I can’t think of a better motto. When we trust God with our problems, giving our challenges completely to Him, the pressure and stress of our difficulties are placed into the care of the One who can actually do something about them.
When we have done all we can, we need to let God do the rest.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to know when to act, how to act, and when to simply give our problems completely over to You. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has found that one of the biggest challenges of life is simply to let go of control and let God be Sovereign in every situation.
Are you over thinking your problems and getting nowhere? Have You asked God to help you, and placing the situation into His capable hands?
We all have problems! I have told my son many times, “yes, we all have issues.” Yet, too often we see our problems as a hurdle to what God intends for us to be, or a detour from the path He wants us to follow. This song, “God Bless the Broken Road” with Geoff Moore (and popularized by the band Rascal Flatts), is a good reminder that God blesses us and sometimes He even answers our prayers along that broken road filled with potholes. May it give you new perspective today. -Lisa