Monday, April 16, 2012

The Solution to Your Problem

Most people want a quick, easy solution to their problem without any effort on their part. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’s likely your problem will never get fixed. Often the correct solution will require a great deal of effort on your part.

The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh had a problem. They claimed to be “a numerous people” and needed more living space, so they asked Joshua to expand their boundaries, which would give them more room. But Joshua had a different idea. He said, “If you want more land, go clear the forest and you’ll have plenty of room to live.” (See Joshua 17:14-18).

Imagine how hard it would be for you to clear a forest in those days. You don’t have any chain saws. You have to take down all those trees, once chop at a time. Imagine working under the hot sun, and how tired you would be. Think about the blisters on your hands. And then you have to dig up all those stumps. This was not the easy answer but it was the right one. Would you be willing to chop down a forest to solve your problem?

I see so many people who want a counselor to solve all their marriage problems but they won’t put forth any effort to make it happen. They don’t change their attitudes, or their behavior, or how they communicate, yet they are furious because their spouse won’t change! They aren’t willing to chop down the forest.

You can fix just about any problem if you are willing to do what’s necessary. It won’t be easy. It’s going to take time for that first tree to fall. After you knock down that one, you move on to the next tree. It will require perseverance and patience. But if you will keep chopping away, one whack at a time, one day you’ll look back and see the forest has been cleared. It’s then that you will be glad you did it, as you enjoy the fruits of your labor.