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Imagine a man calling on you to help him lift a load on his head and at the same time is struggling to carry it all by himself without waiting for your response. It reveals his distrust in your willingness to help him. His call for help and the action of trying to carry it by himself without waiting for your reaction, are very contradictory.

This is exactly what a lot of us have been doing when we ask God for help in prayers. Romans 8:28 says, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses; not in our strength; that is when we are weak, in that, we cannot do it ourselves. Then and only then the Holy Spirit comes to help us.

Whenever we think you can solve your problem by doing something in our own strength and wisdom or advice from concerned friends/relatives, without acknowledging God first, we are only delaying God’s intervention. God uses men as divine helper to save and deliver his people but we must not make the mistake of putting our trust in them. Always remember to imitate King Jehoshaphat as in verse 12 of 2 Chronicles chapter 20, where he said to God, “You are our God… for we are helpless in the face of this large army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but we look to you for help” (GNB).

This truth is further made plain in the experience of Paul and the thorn in his flesh where the Lord Jesus said unto him, “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for [my] power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I (Paul) rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (ASV, emphasis mine).

Paul is saying here that he will not complain nor worry about his weakness and trials but will thank and praise God because it is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His power in his life; exchanging his weakness for God’s strength. Programming this fact into our consciousness will enable us to give thanks in everything, good or bad, with an assurance that God will cause all things to turn out for our good (Romans 8:28).

Brothers and sisters, it is good that you praise God for your victory. But you must also praise God for your weaknesses and life’s challenges. Your troubles, work all the more to manifest Christ’s power to the glory of God, if you decide to depend on Him.

Do you know that the temporary lack of money you sometimes experience can teach you how to spend wisely so you can control money and not allow it control you when you become a millionaire or it can cause your mind to be opened to uncommon ideals that can bless the world and transform you financially.

See how Christ Jesus responded when He heard of the illness of Lazurus, whom he love dearly, he said, “The end of this disease is not death, but the glory of God, so that the Son of God may have glory because of it” (John 11.4 BBE) and for two days, he did not move from the place where he was. This should be our attitude toward every seemingly negative circumstance. But it is not always the case because we want immediate solution to our problems and mostly for the reason that we have been conditioned to complain and worry over difficult situations by the people around us when we were growing up.

This is where a lot of us fail from the beginning in handling issues. Before we commit it to God, we have worried and complained to everyone willing to listen, thereby draining our faith away. We discuss with people seeking their suggestions for a way out before coming to God. When we try to work things out by our own human reasoning we hinder God from working for us. But if we can humbly come to God first, He uses men to bring to pass the desired solution easily. The Lord speaking in Exodus 14.14 says; “hold your peace and I will fight for you”. The Lord will make war for you. You have only to keep quiet. We should learn to be calm, go to God first and explain things to him before talking with man.

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<br/><br/>Dr. Tosan

Dr. Tosan

The author is a trained Microbiologist, a seasoned Minister of God, a Motivational Speaker and an Author of several life-changing books. He is happily married and reside in Nigeria.

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