“But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14).”
Americans are an ingenious people. We are a nation of entrepreneurs and inventors.
Our people have invented technical devices such as the telephone and the electric light bulb, and our scientists have harnessed nuclear energy. Only one country has landed a man on the moon: the United States of America.
Antony Beever, a British historian, notes that in World War II, Americans learned much more quickly in military matters than their British counterparts. Furthermore, be writes that Americans are not afraid to experiment. In addition, the historian comments that the British had a much greater fear that the D-Day invasion which was to free Europe from its Nazi masters would be a huge disaster.
This risk-taking courage and can-do spirit has produced great results. As mentioned above, it led to the widespread use of electricity.
When asked how it felt to have failed so often in his attempts to invent the light bulb, Thomas Edison said,”I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
While American risk-taking and experimentation is admired, it does have its detractors. Beevor says that Winston Churchill once remarked that Americans always came to the right decision, having tried everything else first.
Churchill could have inserted “Christians” for Americans when he said that. We tend to do everything but turn our problems over to God and trust Him.
For example, when we have money problems we wear ourselves to the bone to deal with it, or we connect with the wrong people. In addition, we start to develop envy over our neigbhor’s prosperity (Proverbs 23:1-7).
Furthermore, when we’re in pain we aren’t necessarily different from the rest of the world. Why else would the wise man of Proverbs warn us against abusing substances, or getting involved in sexual sin as means to deal with the suffering(Proverbs 23:20-21,26-30).
Edison was the epitome of an American entrepreneur, having said,”Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”
God would agree with that statement. For example, He invented truth and He advises us to buy it (Proverbs 23:23)
However, the reality is, except for what is costs to buy a Bible, God’s truth is free. It’s worth whatever we need to pay for it though. Isaiah wrote,
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live (Isaiah 55:1-3a).”
That’s the ticket! That’s one truth we can live with.
When we have insurmountable difficulties, why not take them to God instead of trying numerous other ways to handle them. There’s no since reinventing a perfectly good wheel.
It’s taken me a lifetime to learn this lesson. I need to let God take over my issues and let Him have His way.
Edison also said,”Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
At least I haven’t given up yet, and I feel I am close to success, having learned that God sees my problems and is mulling over ways to resolve them.
What a great gift. I have someone better than Edison thinking over my problems and coming up with solutions.