How often in our lives do we find ourselves trying to solve our own problems? Every person handles hard situations differently, but if you're anything like me, you may sometimes find yourself struggling to solve a problem in your own power through human solutions.
In Acts 3, we are introduced to a man who has a solution to his problem of being unable to walk: Lying on the ground at the gate of the temple begging for money so he can purchase food. This doesn't sound like a great solution, does it? Thankfully, this lame beggar met a couple of men he wasn't expecting to meet that day: Peter and John.
Acts 3 records their interaction in verses 3-8:
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
What a miracle! This man had been unable to walk since birth and now he is leaping through the temple praising God for his newfound strength!
Clearly God had a much greater, much more miraculous solution to this man's problem than he had for himself! But it doesn't stop there. Now a crowd has gathered to see what all the fuss is about. Peter quickly speaks up and gives them an answer in verse 16:
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Peter asserts that this man has received strength in his legs not by the work of man, but by the name of Jesus and through faith in His name. Not only has this man gained the ability to walk, but Christ has received glory in front of all of these people!
This passage illustrates just how superior God's work in our lives is in comparison to our own efforts. When we try to work out our own solutions to life's problems, we end up frustrated and discouraged. However, when we place our faith in the name of Jesus and trust Him to bear our problems, His work in our lives will leave us refreshed and encouraged. That doesn't mean God will always solve our problem in our way or in our timing, but it does mean He will work what He knows is best for us and what allows Him to receive glory. And in this truth, we can place our hope and trust.
Take a few moments today and ask the Lord to reveal an area of your life where you can turn a problem over to Him, and place your trust in His solution and His timing rather than your own.
Written by Elijah Ketchum