We’ve all heard the expression, “Do what you can do and let God do the rest.” Some think that as mature people they should try to deal with their issues and then when all else fails, go to God for help. They think God is pleased with them for trying to solve it themselves. But… this whole way of thinking is wrong!
There is nowhere in the Bible where God tells us to try to solve our issues ourselves first and then come to Him when we can’t do any more. This is not the heart of a Christian; this is the manmade concept of a false doctrine that will take us away from God.
God tells us many times to come to Him. First of all, we surrender our lives to Him when we are born again. We come out of the world and become part of God’s kingdom. He is our Lord and our King—the world no longer is part of us and we should no longer go to it for help.
We’re told in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast all of our cares upon Him. This means that whatever it is that is bothering us, we are to give it to God. We go to God in prayer and tell Him about these things and then give them all to Him. Prayer isn’t just a gossip session with God where we discuss our issues and then take them home with us at the end. Prayer is where we give our concerns to God and leave them with Him!
Matthew 21:22 says that whatever we ask in prayer believing, we will receive. So if we give our problems to God and trust Him and believe that He will do the things He says He will do, then we will receive the answer. We don’t need to try it our way first or go to the world first. God says that He will do whatever we ask—but we have to give Him the issues and then trust Him to be faithful to His word.
And God is faithful. He is not a man and He does not lie. He is the Holy One of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He’s the only true God. There is no other god in this world that can compare to the God of Heaven.
God’s instructions for us are in the Bible; it is a book written by men and inspired by Him, but we need to read it, study it, and pray that God will reveal its mysteries to us. Then we will be mature to make decisions on our own because they will be the very ones that God wants us to make. But not all of us are mature; many of us don’t read and study the Bible and so we are still dependent on others for guidance. But we need to depend on the Scriptures so that we become mature and so we can do all things through His strength.—Philippians 4:13
And whether we are mature or not, we need to take everything to God in prayer. When we face challenges and when situations come against us, we are to pray first BEFORE we react. Even Jesus prayed before He did any of the miracles—and He was God’s Son.
- Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.—Philippians 4:6
God takes care of His children. He is the God of our salvation; the God who heals us; the God who blesses us when we diligently seek His face. He is our counselor when we need advice; our comforter when we are sad; our Prince of Peace when we are upset; and our provider when we have needs. He is Lord of lords and the One whom we go to when we have problems. He is the King of kings and the One who is about to return to rule over His kingdom throughout the whole world.—Acts 1:11. God is Omnipresent—He is everywhere so we can pray to Him any time; He is Omnipotent—He is all powerful and there is no one greater than Him; He is Omniscient—He knows everything.
- Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.—Isaiah 12:2
God wants to be all these things to His children. People think that it shows weakness when we don’t try to solve things on our own, but we are weak! Jesus turns our weakness into His strength. We need to take everything to God in prayer and seek His help. We need to learn to submit to Him first because when we do it any other way, we are actually saying that we don’t need God; that we are as great as God; or that the world is equal with God.
Our battle in life is not against other people; it’s against the devil, the powers of darkness that are fighting God in every aspect of life and that are trying to destroy God’s children. We have no power on our own to fight the devil, but God has already defeated him though the cross. Let’s be strong in God’s word so that we won’t be deceived and so that the words we speak and the things we do will all be to the glory of God.—1 Corinthians 10:31.
Let’s follow Jesus and let Him direct our paths!
- Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.—Proverbs 3:5-6