It comes as little surprise to anyone that doing nothing is not the best option for almost any problem we face. Actually, the only time that doing nothing is acceptable is when God says to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” In those times, it is totally in our best interest to do nothing.
But instructions to do nothing are rare. God most often gives us something to do, and our greatest challenge is to hear from Him what that something is. While God’s Word is full of commands and guidelines in any given situation, we humans have a tendency to make up our own rules.
When God says “believe,” we doubt that believing will be enough.
When He says “trust,” we try to change the circumstances.
When He tells us to “wait,” we rush ahead to accomplish our own goals.
As proactive get-er-done people, doing something is what we are about—even if it doesn’t work!
In fact, we are so busy doing what we think are the right things that we don’t have time to find out what God actually wants us to do. I fear that is the case in restoring America, repairing our communities and schools, reviving our churches, salvaging our families, and most importantly, saving ourselves from the demise of overload, both physically and spiritually.
The truth is—we are tired. We are tired from doing all the many things we believe will fix our problems; yet the things we have spent our energy doing haven’t worked. For starters:
- We hear a Politian commit to fix the nation’s problems; yet all too soon we are vastly disappointed. We quickly look for the next Politian.
- We participate in an improvement program in our community or school, and eventually see that the task is too big and our resources too small. We set out to recruit more people and raise more money.
- We get excited when our church announces a new trendy campaign to revive it members, but after it has come and gone, little had changed. We don’t understand why it failed, since it seemed like such a great plan.
- We commit to spending more time with our family, but when work, school, and sports scream for attention, we yield to their demands. Family relationships suffer, and we whine because it has to be so hard.
- And then there is our personal time with God—what we call a “quiet time.” Since there’s no quiet time to be had in my life, surely God understands and will let me off the hook. I’m sure I’ll do better next year, or when the kids grow up, and definitely when I retire.
Does any of that sound like your life? It does mine. So why is doing what seems to be perfectly good ideas not working for us? Here’s why:
God did not tell us to look to political leaders for the answers.
God did not promise that our communities and schools will be better through humanitarian efforts.
God is not obligated to bring revival to His people through any manmade campaign.
God said that we will reap what we sow, and family relationships are not exempt.
God does not reveal Himself to those who want to spend time with Him—only to those who do.
Be assured that God has something for us to do! Doing nothing or doing the wrong things will never yield the right results. Our nation, communities, schools, churches, families and personal lives are suffering today because we have done too much of the wrong things.
It is surprising when at last we discover what it is that God wants us to do. It is not hard, or difficult, or impossible. We would not give our children something to do that was beyond their capability. And neither would God! ~ Janie Kellogg