Carolyn Jacobsen - Man's Solutions versus God's Solutions - Yreka, California Special Meeting - 2009

Isaiah 55:8-10, “'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways,' saith the Lord, '… for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Man's solution to hard ground is bigger machinery, but God’s solution is a gentle rain.

Man's solution to a better life is to build bigger and higher but God’s solution is bending lower and digging deeper. Genesis 49:22, “Joseph is a fruitful bow, whose branches go over the wall.” Joseph knew how it was to bend lower and dig deeper; and because of this, he became a fruitful bow.

Man’s thought of a successful life is what we do but God’s thought is what we are. Daniel 6:3, “This Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was in him.” God’s work will always show us what we can be. Daniel was approved because of what he was, not what he had done.  Life gives us limitations but we can always have a right spirit; we can always be thankful; we can always pray.

Man’s solution to victory is to fight, but God’s solution to victory is to submit to His Will. John 18:36, “My Kingdom is not of this world; If My Kingdom were of this world then would My servants fight.” Jesus was always victorious because He was always submitted to His Father’s will. We will always have an enemy to fight, including own human nature, but we can be victorious when we just submit to the will of God.

Man’s solution to a fulfilled life it to keep busy. Man has many toys and things to occupy out time. Psalm 46:10, God’s solution is to be still and know that I am the Lord. We have to learn to be still. It is not in us by nature.

Man’s solution for his wrongs is to hide or justify it, II Samuel 11:27, “When the morning was past, David went and fetched her to his house and she became his wife and bear him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” David tried to hide it. After he had taken Bathsheba for his wife, he tried to just go as if nothing had happened. He could be so thankful that Nathan the prophet, went to him and told him a story about a man with 100 sheep taking from another man his one little lamb, and told him, “Thou art the man.” David was honest about his sin, repented, and asked the Lord for forgiveness. Even though he was forgiven, there still would have been a reminder about what he had done every time he saw the grave of the son that died. Genesis 3:12, Adam tried to justify their sin saying, “The woman Thou gavest to be with me, gave me of the tree and I did eat.” God’s solutions for our wrong is to repent and ask for forgiveness.

Man’s solution for Jesus was to put him on the cross. God’s solution for Jesus is for us to take up our cross and follow Him.