In the Bible, there are many examples of people who decided to work through their problems and circumstances in their own strength, without consulting God and waiting for His answer. The Old Testament book of 1st Samuel 13, tells us about King Saul, who took matters into his own hands rather than waiting for God’s guidance from the prophet Samuel, like he was told to do. Saul’s disobedience cost him the kingdom, which was later given to the humble shepherd David, who God described as a man after His own heart.
Many of us have been programmed to act in our own strength when we en counter issues and obstacles in our lives. We see a problem and we immediately want to fix it. A quiet, patient trust in God provides a person strength, confidence and peace with the assurance that God will not forsake us in our time of need. There is no problem or obstacle that anyone has ever faced, for which God doesn’t already have an answer. Sometimes His answers make sense to us and we realize that He had an answer that we hadn’t thought of. We just had a mental block and needed a gentle nudge to get us over the hump in working things out. There are other times however, when God’s ways are totally outrageous to our way of thinking; God provides a solution that we wouldn’t have considered in a million years! These are our “aha” moments, when God shows Himself mighty in our lives.
God still performs miracles in people’s lives today. He always answers prayers in His perfect timing. What we need to do in every situation is to pray to God for answers to our circumstances, particularly in unique situations where the Bible doesn’t address the issue confronting us. He isn’t always going to support something that we want to do, just because we want it. God loves us, knows what’s best for us, and has plans and purposes that greatly exceed whatever we can accomplish independent of Him.