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Help- October 2, 2010
January 16, 2011

Dear Sam,

  What’s happening when you can’t figure out a problem in a relationship? I know that the Holy Spirit’s job is to teach us everything we need to know, so am I not listening? Now I have two problems - the situation itself, and my inability to hear God speak.


Dear Help,

  No, you have only one problem, and it is not about hearing God speak to you. I know that because you want to listen, it is distressing you that maybe your faith is at issue, you are confessing your true situation. That spells “humble”, and God promises to exalt the humble.
   So on to not being able to figure out what to do regarding your problem. Here are a few possibilities, one of which may hit home to you.
   Is it really your problem, or are you taking on someone else’s trouble as your own? Like a boil coming to a head before it is lanced, maybe this situation needs time to develop before it can be addressed in a healing way. Maybe you are ready to deal with it, but the other person isn’t.
   God is certainly getting your attention, maybe he requires you to wait until he can get a positive response from the other person. In other words, waiting is sometimes valid and responsible.
   In God’s view, there is more at issue than just you or just the presenting problem. His desire is to bring to light wounds that need to be healed, wrong beliefs that need to be righted, destructive attitudes that need to be addressed. It’s like the physician who does not treat the headache itself, but the more serious cause. That takes testing and treatment and time.
The Holy Spirit may be asking you to consider giving God space and time to do the work that you cannot do. If you are not sure what to do, don’t act rashly or impatiently. God is wiser than you, and loves deeper than you ever could. Trust him with yourself and with your relationship. When the moment is ripe you will definitely know. Be confident of that.

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