What’s Your Problem?
“Be still, and know that I am God!” 
That’s a good reminder. It sounds lovely – a helpful, righteous encouragement.
And, like a lot of inspirational memes, it’s easier to quote, than practice!
It can easily annoy me when I hear people say: “I’m waiting on God,” when there is an obvious answer to the problem in front of them, or they merely avoid taking time to solve the difficulty they face.
One church I had the privilege of serving was in an area where there was a high number of transient, unemployed people. We had a well-stocked food pantry to help those who needed food. However, there were also individuals who needed gas money to get them to the next town, or to pay delinquent bills.
I quickly learned the importance of discerning the legitimacy of the need. Some problems are solvable, and others are beyond a person’s ability.
Our benevolence fund was nearly depleted. Our building needed some maintenance and repairs. So, our leaders decided to ask the individual requesting funds to lend a hand to paint, provide some lawn care, or some necessary cleaning (providing there was no physical restriction).
That one decision became a great filter to determine the legitimacy of the request. It was also a blessing to the church.
The Psalmist’s words do not imply or encourage our un-involvement when there is something we can do. His words do remind us: There are some problems beyond our ability to solve.
Sadly, I admit: I’m prone to fixate on problems. And, I’m somewhat slow in discerning what issues are beyond my means to resolve. If I can have a little more time to think about the challenge, another week or two to analyze the complexities facing me, I know I’ll be able, sooner-or-later to find an answer.
The un-solvable problem requires me to wait on God. And, for a “doer,” that’s hard work. It confronts me with the reality that, although I want to be self-sufficient, only God is sufficient!
What’s your problem? Is it something you can resolve? Or, is it your opportunity to discover God’s sufficiency? In stillness before God, we realize His sufficiency.
 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ps 46:10.