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  • Writer's pictureRenikko Bivens

Divine Assignments: Becoming the Solution

This blog post is dedicated to Shawanda Harrington, creator of Something Out Of Nothing (SOON), whose insight and inspiration sparked its creation.

Recognizing the Need for Spiritual Enrichment

In a recent conversation with a friend about life's transitions, I expressed my desire to find an enriching Bible study group as my family prepares to relocate for my son's education. Having relocated from a larger city to a rural area several years ago, I observed the limited choices available. Yet, I remained hopeful that our upcoming move to a slightly larger town might offer new opportunities for spiritual growth.

Becoming the Solution

Embracing Unexpected Opportunities

During our discussion, I expressed my desire for a Bible study group where we could deeply explore Scripture. Little did I expect my friend's response: "Let me know when you start hosting a Bible study; I'll definitely attend."

Surprised by her suggestion, I hadn't even considered the idea of hosting a study group myself. My focus had been on finding an existing group to join, rather than on starting one.

This exchange led me to reflect on a common mistake that many of us make in our Christian journey. Sometimes, instead of seeking God's guidance when we feel burdened or impassioned about something, we seek external solutions. When maybe we are meant to be the solution.

Answering God's Call: Sometimes, You're the Solution

The story of Esther vividly illustrates this point. When burdened by God to intercede for her people, Esther didn't wait for someone else to act. Instead, she courageously approached the king, risking her life to save her people from destruction.

Esther 4:15-16 (CSB)

Similarly, Moses initially resisted God's call to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Yet, he ultimately obeyed and became the instrument of their freedom.

Exodus 3:10-11 (CSB)

Even Jonah, who initially tried to flee from God's command, eventually fulfilled his prophetic duty and called the people of Nineveh to repentance.

Jonah 1:1-2 (CSB)

These examples highlight a recurring pattern: God often initiates His work through the burdens and desires He places within us. Despite our hesitations or preferences for others to take action, sometimes we are the ones who are called to step forward.

So, what burdens or desires has God placed on your heart? What needs or opportunities do you see that could further the advancement of His kingdom and positively impact lives for His glory? Instead of waiting for someone else to meet these needs, consider that you might be the solution.

As my friend wisely put it, "Sometimes, you're the solution."


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