What To Do With Unsolvable Problems

“The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure.”  Bob Goff, Love Does

Do you ever struggle with having unsolvable problems in your life?  You know those problems that keep coming up over and over that don’t ever seem to get solved?  The more I’m getting to know myself the more I realize, I can’t stand having unsolvable problems in my life.

You know what I do with those problems?  I try to solve them myself!  Yup.  For some reason I think it’s my job to attach myself to the solution, the outcome, and the problem itself and try to fix it!  I try to control these things I have no control over.

As a result of me trying to exert my non-existent authority and weakness over these matters a mess happens.  Why do I think I can do a better job than God?   I don’t know, but it never works.  God doesn’t need my help, yet I interfere to offer my services where they don’t belong.

Have You Ever Been There?  

What To Do With Unsolvable Problems:

We’re not the only ones who struggle with problems in our lives we can’t solve.  The Israelites had A LOT of problems and they ALSO tried to take matters in their own hands MANY times.

In Exodus 32:1-2, The Israelites went before Aaron, Moses’ brother and said, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us.  As for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”  So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

“So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.  And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and make a golden calf.  And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”  (Exodus 32:3-4).

If you have been following my posts we have been following the Israelites through their journey of their captivity, deliverance  and waiting.  In Letting Go, Letting God The Israelites had to let go of their expectations of how God was going to deliver his promise of The Promised Land.  Here once again, The Israelites were waiting for Moses (which seemed like forever) to return from Mt. Sinai with the 10 commandments.

They got impatient, seeking an alternative to God.  And instead of seeking their one true God, they looked elsewhere to a less than false god with their own belongings.

What a mess they had made when they got impatient, taking matters into their own hands.  Instead of waiting for God’s greater and better plan, they decided their plan was better and went ahead of God.

How many times do we do this as well?  We think we know better.  We think we have a better way.  And then our fruitless efforts of making God’s plans better become an entangles mess.

If only The Israelites took their unsolvable problem of wanting to worship a god NOW was taken to their one and only true God FIRST. Click To Tweet

If only when we have Unsolvable Problems we take them to God FIRST instead of trying to solve them OURSELVES with our own accord and strength.

“For I know the plans for you, declares the LORD, Plans to Prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you a Hope and a Future.”

God does not need my help, nor did He ask for it.  Yet I run ahead and involve myself to try to ‘fix’ or make it ‘better.’

We all have unsolvable problems.  The balance is learning how to live life WITH these unsolvable problems.  It’s okay to have problems, because I know the one who can solve them.  I know the one who has the solution for them.  I know the one who has the answer to them.

When we allow God to have our unsolvable problems, He’s able to mend, to mold, to refine, use them, restore, redeem, reconcile them into something so much greater.  The only problem to the unsolvable problem is US when we continue to get in the way and don’t allow God to do His thing.

His ways are greater, His plans are better.

What should we do with our unsolvable problems? Give them to the one who is able. Click To Tweet

What do you do with your unsolvable problems?

Do you try to ‘fix’ your own problems?

The best thing we can do to allow God access to our problems is to GET OUT OF THE WAY.  When we do, we give God the authority to solve our problems in His power and in His way.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, I know I have unsolvable problems that only you can fix.  I know that I’ve been guilty of trying to fix my problems my way and have been getting in the way.  I know I’m not the authority in my problems but yet I try to take control and fix my problems my way.  Please forgive me Lord, for taking the steering wheel out of your hands.  Take my hands off of anything where they don’t belong.  I pray I will allow for your timing, your plans to mend and restore my problems.  Thank you God for caring so much for me and walking through this with me, I pray this in Jesus name.  Amen

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7 replies
  1. DONNA MILLER
    DONNA MILLER says:

    God has used unsolvable problems to help me learn to be still and know He is God and I am not lol. I am such a fixer. I’m trying to get to where I bring open handed prayers to Him and let Him bring to pass what He knows is best for me. I am famous for wanting to jump right in and do something, but I have been guilty for setting things in motion that should never have been, and would realize later that I made my wait time last so much longer than it needed to lol. Love your post. Thank you Heather! ❤

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  2. Chrissie
    Chrissie says:

    Wow… today I sense the Lord is speaking about patience…, big time, cos here’s another post about being patient in the struggle. I have to admit I don’t excel at being patient, but as you’ve encouraged us, the best thing we can do is give the struggle to him and then get out of the way. What I’m taking away from your post is what patience should look like, and that is getting out of the way. Bless you for sharing, i love this fresh perspective xx

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    • Heather Gillis
      Heather Gillis says:

      Thank you Chrissie. I have to constantly remind myself its not about MY timing its about His timing. I envision God with His arms crossed tapping his foot with his eyebrow raised thinking, “Are you done yet?” Let me know when you’re done playing the Holy Spirit so I can do my job. I can get frustrated with myself because I know God’s timing is prolonged because of my meddling.

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  3. Tara Adams
    Tara Adams says:

    The interesting thing about the Israelites is that they started complaining not long after they crossed the Red Sea. They completely dismissed how God had just deliver them out of Egypt and started complaining. We’re not any different today. You’re not alone. I’ve had many occasions where I tried to play God by taking matters into my own hands I should’ve left alone.

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  4. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    This speaks complete truth in such a powerful way. I love what you said “The Israelites had to let go of their expectations of how God was going to deliver his promise of The Promised Land.” They had to let go of their expectations of how (and for me, when) God will deliver. There are so many things that I do very often try to fix or control instead of getting out of the way. This is so powerful, and as I am overwhelmed with so much today I believe that God is speaking through you to me. Thank you.

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