After penning the devotion on “Entering His Rest in a time of unrest”, I discovered I’d left at least one reader in a state of unrest over The Solution is NOT in the Problem. Her question was,

Now what does THAT mean?
Well, THAT means “The solution to your problem is NOT in the problem. Not much help, huh? The
phrase is so familiar to me – downloaded into my hard drive of experiential truth – that, to me, it was self-explanatory. The question was an editorial incision; a reminder to clarify…so here goes…

The Solution is NOT in the problem simply put means…take your attention off of what you can’t figure out.” That explanation doesn’t answer the Why?, so let me try to answer the Why? Rehearsing
the problem – thinking it through over and over – in hopes of finding a solution decreases clarity. We get stuck in the muck of our muddle, making it a puddle of wasted tears and increasing fears. Like fast growing rice fields, our doubts sprout up suddenly and our spiritual clout is crowded out.

Whether the problem is MAJOR or lack of inner peace from a myriad of lesser concerns, His answer remains the same, “Trust Me.” (Have you noticed that His response often doesn’t actually answer our questions??? In fact, since He’s an economical God, I wonder at times if He has an automatic voicemail response, “Trust Me.” )

So what to do practically to keep focusing on trusting HIM instead of mulling over the problem like a dog gnawing on a meatless bone? Well, He has a way that helps guard our hearts against the yearning to gnaw a bit longer…

Re-focus … intentionally – Take personal responsibility for your thoughts.

“Be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind—having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude;
Put on the new nature (the regenerate self)…rejecting all falsity…’
From Eph. 4:23-25 Amplified

CHOOSE to practice trusting Him…THEN PRACTICE! The ACTION OF PRACTICING (following through on your decision) will begin to displace the old (and unproductive) practice of gnawing on the problem.

“Whatever is true….worthy of praise…think on and take account of these
things…fix your mind on what is true. Practice (doing this)…model your way
of living on it and the God of Peace will be with you.”
From Phil. 4:8-9 Amplified

Become Choice-activated and experience The Power of Choice
Amazing Grace! As we practice thinking on what is Truth, we become aware of His Peace within us and our inner being hums, “It is well with my soul.” When we remain anxious, the clamoring of our fears creates dissonance within and distances us from awareness of His Presence.