“While others prayed for the good time coming, I worked for it.” (Victoria Woodhull) – from the Jack’s Winning Words blog. Jack went on to write: Woodhull was the first woman to be nominated for President of the USA…and that was 144 years ago. She was a leader in the movement to get voting rights for women. Today’s her birthday. Her quote is a religious truism. Some people, in their prayers, expect God to do all of the work. Some miracles are a partnership. 😉 Jack
The ELCA church has an annual day of service called “God’s Work, Our Hands”, which is coming up soon. On that day congregations around across America find special ways to give back to the communities in which they are located, through service projects.
In our day-to-day lives we can occasionally become too passive about solving our own problems and start to sit back praying and waiting for God to fix everything. That’s not how it works. As I said in my last post, we should instead be praying for God to give us the strength and wisdom and ambition to get out and work at the solution ourselves. Pray for God to show you the way, rather than for God to fix the problem for you. The path to resolution of all problems still involves our hands, even if they are doing the work that God has directed us to do.
So, don’t just sit there going “Woe is me. God do something.” Get to the task of solving your problems, trusting that your efforts will be guided and helped by God. Remember the passage from the Romans 8:31, “If God is with us, who can be against us?” To paraphrase a popular tag line from a TV commercial, “Who’s on your team?” I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have on my team and guiding my hands than God, when I set out to resolve a problem.
Put your team to work on your problems this week.