“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” (Bill Gates)
At face value I agree with Mr. Gates. Often times our problems remain problems because we can’t find solutions. We struggle to find them. We search high and low. And when we can’t seem to find answers we grow weary and frustrated. But once we have the appropriate solution in our sights, we will be moved to act, won’t we?
Years ago I remember desperately seeking solutions in how to do life—in how to balance my time, in how to be all that God was calling me to be in the many roles I had. I just wanted answers! And over and over again, I heard God say, “Seek ME, not solutions.”
Honestly, that answer—that “solution”—wasn’t good enough for me. So I considered taking a day to pray and fast in order to come up with solutions. Even as I contemplated that as part of the solution, I sensed God saying, “Seek ME, not solutions.”
But guess what…in my stubbornness and hard-headedness, I argued back with God, “What good will that do?”
God said, “Trust me on this one.”
The only way I knew to respond to God at that time was, “Ok…I surrender.” I finally relented and gave up trying to find solutions. And God was faithful. The solutions I sought to my life’s problems had far more to do with Him than they did answers to my life’s questions.
Here’s the thing…In the solution to the problem, there sometimes lies a problem with the solution. What God was telling me was to get my heart and mind fixed on Him, not fixed on answers, remedies, or solutions. If all we seek is answers to life’s difficulties, we miss out on a relationship with the God who cares about every problem we face. If we end up putting our hope and trust and faith in the solutions and not our Sovereign God, we’ve neglected the God who longs to guide us through each of our problems.
Listen to these words from Proverbs 3:5-7 (The Message):
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God!”
That pretty much sums it up. Trust God, listen for God’s voice, run to God! God cares about our struggles. He is bigger than our problems and He can handle every last one of them. And yes…He will keep us on track.
If indeed seeking God is at least part of the solution to our problems, are you now moved to act?