Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
This is true especially when you face problems.
When you try to solve your problems, don’t lean on your own understanding. Rather, look for God-solutions, because they’re so much better than your solutions.
The young Moses leaned on his own understanding. He made the mistake of being impulsive, of being rash and using his own solutions.
“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand….” (Exodus 2:11-12)
Moses’ problem was that his people were being maltreated — and that’s a wrong. So his quick solution was to kill the Egyptian, an instant solution that satisfied his desire for justice. But killing was another “wrong.” It moves the situation from bad to worse.
Moses made a very common mistake we all do: He tried to right a wrong with another wrong.
But that’s crazy. Two wrongs don’t cancel each other out. If you try to right a wrong with another wrong, the two wrongs add to each other’s wrongness and make the situation 100 times worse.
Let me give you a Math lesson today:
-10 + -10 will never be a 10.
-10 + -10 will equal -20.
For a -10 to become a +10, you need to add a +20.
(Yahoo! I got a failing grade in Math in school, so giving you a Math lesson today gives me the heebeejeebies. Miracles happen.)
Let me say it loud and clear: You can’t right a wrong with another wrong.
You can only right a wrong with a massive right. God had a God-solution to the slavery of the Israelites. But it wasn’t instant. The God-solution was to send Moses to Pharaoh and negotiate the release of the Jewish people. It required 10 miraculous signs, a number of back-and-forth conference calls through Skype and e-mail, and a dramatic escape scene in the Red Sea. It would take a loooooong time.
Here’s what I learned: The best solutions are not rushed. The best solutions require a lot of patience, humility, and trust in God.
Right now, you may be facing a big problem in your life. Don’t right a wrong with another wrong. Don’t cheat. Don’t lie. Don’t steal. Don’t manipulate. Don’t do anything bad. It will never work — even if it appears fast.
God is telling you that He will provide a solution to your problem. It will be a God-solution. Be patient. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Three Kinds of Solutions
I’d like to talk about God’s solutions to your problems.
Dreams can come from Pride or Purpose.
In the same way, solutions can come from Pride or Purpose, too.
But let me add another source of solutions: Passivity.
I need to include Passivity because when I say, “Trust in the Lord,” some people hear, “Don’t do anything…” Not true!
Do you know this type of person?
He doesn’t do anything to solve his problem. He’ll just wait for others to solve it for him. He is afflicted with low self-worth and feels he can’t do anything. He feels he is a victim and totally helpless. He is conditioned and trained to be a parasite, totally dependent on others — friends, relatives, spiritual community, the government, or even God Himself. Yes, he can be a religious person who thinks that holiness means doing nothing and waiting on God to do everything.
Imagine a brick wall. The wall blocks his path to his dreams. This passive person sits in front of that wall and just waits for a miracle to make the wall disappear. He waits for a storm to blow the wall down, or an earthquake to tear it down, or even the finger of God to appear from nowhere, flick the wall, and topple it down. Nenita was such a person…
But God Wants You to Be Part of the Solution
Every time Nenita needed money, she came to me. At first, she asked me money for food, transportation, tuition fees. Later on, I noticed she came to me asking for other things, like dental treatments, beauty parlor visits, manicure, pedicure, and foot spa. (OK, I’m exaggerating. But you get my point?)
Every time I talked to her, I challenged her to find a job, or sell something, or explore tiny business ventures. I gave her a list of people to talk to, phone numbers to call, jobs to apply for.
But nothing happened. Every time she talked to me, it was always to give me a long list of excuses why she couldn’t get a job. “Brother Bo, I was going to apply for work yesterday but it was too hot and I felt dizzy…” and “Brother Bo, I was going for a job interview yesterday but I didn’t have anything to wear…” and “Brother Bo, I am going to look for a job tomorrow but I don’t have anyone to accompany me…”
Do you know what Nenita wanted? She wanted a job to fall from the sky on a silver platter — and all she had to do was receive it.
But that’s not how life works, because if it did, you will never grow. God gives you solutions to your problems, but He wants you to be part of the solution. Trusting in the Lord means not just praying with trust but also acting with trust. Now that clarification is over, let me go to the main message:
Your solutions can come from your Pride or your Purpose…
You can solve your problems operating from ego. Operating from arrogance. Operating from pride. Operating from impatience. But it will have catastrophic results.
The young Moses saw his people maltreated and his solution was to kill the Egyptian. Solutions that come from Pride violate God’s ways. Remember my analogy of the brick wall? Proud people, in a fit of impatience, will attack the wall without much discernment. I imagine these people getting boxes of dynamite and blowing up the wall, without even checking if others will be injured or killed. In the process, they destroy not only the wall that blocks their dream, but they end up destroying the dream itself. You don’t want that. You want your solution to come from Purpose…
Do you want a God-solution?
Let me teach you how to get it. What I am about to tell you is a very powerful spiritual principle that will save you from a lot of useless pain in the future. (I wish someone told me this truth 20 years ago!)
Are you ready?
Here it is: Don’t focus on your problem; focus on your purpose.
In other words, don’t focus on the brick wall; don’t focus on attacking the brick wall; don’t focus on destroying the brick wall; don’t focus on disintegrating the brick wall; Instead, focus on the dream behind that brick wall. When you do this, many times the God-solution will make your problem irrelevant. From experience, you don’t have to blow up the brick wall. All you have to do is find a way around the brick wall.
Taxes or Profits?
I’m an entrepreneur. I always hear entrepreneurs complain about the Bureau of Internal Revenue raising taxes. Hey, I think it’s too high, too. Personally, I think that if taxes are too high, it won’t encourage entrepreneurs to create more jobs. But some entrepreneurs focus on the high taxes and get fixated (obsessed) on lowering them. They get agitated and irritated every time they remember the high taxes they pay.
I don’t do any of that. My focus is on my purpose: to serve my customers and create profit. I want 100 percent of my energy and attention on this purpose, not on complaining about my taxes. So instead of finding ways to decrease my taxes by one percent or two percent or three percent, my focus is on doubling my profits next year, making high taxes irrelevant to me.
I cannot begin to tell you how this attitude is absolutely liberating for me as an entrepreneur. Instead of being filled with a complaining, bickering spirit, which doesn’t attract wealth, I’m filled with an entrepreneur’s energy, passion, creativity — because my focus is on purpose, not on problem.
Has someone borrowed money from you and has not been paying?
I know of some people who get so bothered by these debts, they spend their entire time collecting them. In other words, they focus on their problem.
I feel that’s mostly a waste of time. I always advise these people to put their attention and energies elsewhere: to earn sevenfold of whatever money they lost. This will make them focus on their purpose, not on their problem. Just learn your lesson and collect the money you lost elsewhere from God’s universe.
Instead of being eaten up by bitterness, this will free you up to focus fully on earning money and enjoying life more. Result? When you earn whatever you lost sevenfold, the uncollected debts become irrelevant to your life.
Don’t Rush Solving Your Problems
Let’s say you’re driving to work. And you’re late. If you keep driving the way you usually drive, you’ll be late by five minutes.
Your solution? Drive like a maniac. Swerve recklessly. Switch lanes. Cut down other drivers. Break the speed limit. And violate traffic laws.
But because you’re driving like a madman, you cause an accident. You hit another car, and another car hits you. In the accident, you break your arm, leg, and neck.
Result? Instead of being late for five minutes, you’re late for five months — because you have to stay in the hospital and recover from all your broken bones.
This is a perfect analogy for solutions that come from Pride. Any solution born out of Pride — though it appears fast — is really delaying your real solution.
Why Scams Are Hot
Haven’t you noticed? The Philippines is the home of blockbuster scams. All scams exported to our country achieve massive success. Why? Because we’re impatient in growing our money the right way.
Tell me, why did 15,000 people get burned in Aman Futures? Aman Futures was a pyramiding scam or a ponzi scheme in Mindanao that duped their investors of P12 Billion.
How did that happen?
Because people were in a hurry to earn a lot of money, and Aman Futures was promising an interest of 50 to 80 percent in 18 to 20 days. That’s more than 1,000 percent a year. How in the world can a business give that kind of profit?
I teach people how to invest in the stock market. It’s a long-term, monotonous, automatic, mechanical strategy that makes you earn 12 percent or more each year. Compared to Aman Futures’ 1,000 percent interest, my promises are utterly and completely boring.
I admit, it’s slow. But it works. (The star of my book, My Maid Invests in the Stock Market, is doing very well. My maid — whom I promoted to bookkeeper — now has over a million in her stock market portfolio. Believe me, it works.)
Speed Doesn’t Matter If…
One day, I was rushing to EDSA Shangri-La Hotel for a meeting. My driver did a great job weaving through the traffic because it took us only 30 minutes from my house to the hotel. When I arrived there, I sat down in the lobby and saw none of the people I was supposed to meet. I wondered why, because I wasn’t early. So I called up my friend.
He said, “Hi, Bo, we’re all here.
Where are you?” I asked, “You’re all here? I don’t see you…”
“I’m going to stand up. I’m wearing a red shirt,” he said.
I looked around and couldn’t find him.
I said, “Gosh, are you sure you’re in EDSA Shang?”
“Bo, we’re in Makati Shangri-La…”
Here’s my point: Our car flew through traffic. But it didn’t matter, because we went to the wrong place.
I solved my problem. But I didn’t fulfill my purpose.
Why? Precisely because I was focused on my problem, not my purpose.
99 Percent of the Time, God Is Never in a Hurry
We’re an impatient bunch of people.
We want things done fast.
But the older I get, the more I realize that when God works in my life, He’s never in a hurry.
Just look at my weaknesses. God and I have been working on my weaknesses for the past 30 years. But by golly gee, they’re still here! Sure, there’s a lot of improvement — I’m not the same person that I was 30 years ago. But why does transformation take sooooooo long? Can God not just zap my weaknesses? And change me in a snap of a finger?
God can do that but He doesn’t. Because God values development more than the destination, the trip more than the target. And because He is never in a hurry, His solutions are always long-term — never short-term.
The key is to use a God-solution.
God’s Solution Is Right in Front of You
God promises solutions to your problems.
In the Old Testament, when Hagar thought she and her child were going to die from thirst, she saw God’s solution right in front of her: “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink” (Genesis 21:19).
The solution was right in front of her. She just couldn’t see it.
Do this little exercise with me…
Without lifting your pencil from the paper, draw four straight lines that connect ALL nine dots. (The creative solution is found on the opposite page. But don’t look at it yet without trying to solve it yourself. You’ll be amazed at the simple solution.)
Are you stumped?
Keep trying before looking at the answer below.
The solution is right in front of you. You just don’t see it.
Here it is…
Right now, you may be stumped with your own problem. You may be facing your brick wall and you don’t see how you can go around it.
Friend, believe today that God will open your eyes to see the solution that is right in front of you.
Let me repeat: Don’t focus on your problem; focus on your purpose. Don’t focus on the wall, or destroying the wall, or conquering the wall. Simply focus on the dream behind the wall — and you’ll find a new way to achieve that dream.
Don’t rush. Don’t be impulsive. Give yourself time to think. Give yourself time to be. Give yourself time to discern.
The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). And in His presence, He will tell you what to do. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding. And you will see a God-solution to your problem.
May your dreams come true,
*Source: Wealth Strategies Newsletter of TrulyRichClub, Issue 223, June 2017