Author: Helen Mitchell
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things
you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
Much of our work day is about solving problems. The teacher strives to get the class test scores up. The restaurant owner tries to figure out how to serve more people during the dinner rush without expanding its facilities. The secretary struggles with making miracles out of her boss’s calendar.
As young children, our independence was encouraged and celebrated from the moment we took our first step. Our teachers praised us for being independent thinkers. As adults, our employers reward us for solving problems and getting results.
God is calling us to be excellent in our work and work unto the Lord, but he is also calling us to bring solutions and ideas in which he will be glorified and made real to those around us. Jesus did not do the work assigned by the Father all by himself, so why should we? Jesus co-labored with God and discussed problems, solutions, and strategies in conversation or prayer with the Father.
Jesus gave this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does’
John 5:16 (NIV)
God wants to bring more than new ideas to your workplace. He wants to teach you to walk in his ways and to know and imitate who he is. Before a problem backs you into a corner, when there seems no way out, and when you don’t know what to do, surrender your struggle to the Lord and wait.
I have seen people petition God for help, direction, and wisdom and then as soon as they say “amen,” they look around and say, “So what are we going to do?” They haven’t even given God time to act yet! That is not placing our trust in the Lord or surrendering. That is taking back control. What have you failed to surrender or taken back from God this week? Open your hands—and let go.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for
you I wait all the day. Psalms 25:5 (NASB)
What decisions or challenges—with no conceivable answer or solution in sight—are staring you down right now?
Call upon the Lord. Spend time with him. Wait upon him. Then act.
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge
and understanding. Psalms 2:6 (NIV)
Until next week...
1. Why can trust be hard? How do broken trust and broken relationships make it difficult for us to know and understand what trust is—and then to rely on it?
2. What areas of your life have you been holding back from God? He already knows, but until you offer them up to him, he cannot heal you, help you or bless you in this area. What will you give up to God today?
If we view God not as a problem solver but as a collaborator in our work, how would that affect our relationship with him?