ARE YOU A WHINER OR A WINNER?
After the children of Israel in the Bible were freed from the Egyptian bondage and delivered from Pharaoh’s army, they began their journey toward Mount Sinai. In the wilderness, God provided food, water, and protection.
It was recorded in the Bible that they have just been rescued out of 400 years of slavery. They had walked through the Red Sea and had watched the Egyptian army drown. They had been miraculously guided through the wilderness, and been promised a land flowing with milk and honey.
Miracle after miracle. Blessings after blessings. All they had to do was just to trust and obey God. In summary, they had all their problems solved for them miraculously.
When they arrived at Sinai, they received the law that would govern them as a nation and the pattern for the tabernacle regulating their worship. After being numbered and organized, they were now ready to enter the land of promise.
And then, God wanted to see how they would respond to a problem when they encounter one. Because I tell you this very seriously if you have the wrong mindset about problems, it is difficult to see solutions, and if you can’t see the solution to a problem, then, you are not ready for a positive change. It shows that you are not ready for growth and your status will remain the same if not worse.
However, it seems that the people originated the idea to search the land. Eleven days after God gave them His Law and His promises, the children of Israel arrived at the border of the Promised Land. Moses and Aaron chose 12 men – the top leaders out of hundreds of thousands – to explore the land and see if God was telling the truth.
God agreed to it and told them to “spy out the land” and see how the people lived, how strong they were, and what the land looked like. After forty days, the spies returned and admitted Canaan was a wonderful land but expressed doubt they could conquer these strong people.
Two of the spies, Caleb and Joshua, objected and said, “we are well able” to take the land. However, the majority prevailed and Israel wandered in the wilderness another 38 years while an entire generation died.
What a devastating blow! What a tragedy! An entire generation of the army that crossed the Red Sea and had watched the Egyptian army drown. An entire generation that went through the wilderness only to get the border of the Promised Land and lose everything they had worked for to a wrong attitude they had towards problems.
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.”
It was recorded that there were 603,550 men of war. Of that number only two, Caleb and Joshua, entered into Canaan. That means 603,548 fell in the wilderness. That is the grievous consequence of having a negative attitude to problems. The problem you refuse to solve might come back hunting you. Beware!
Will you decide today to develop the disposition like God’s two heroes of old? Or will you be like those shameful spies who brought back the negative report? Don’t be a whiner! Be a winner for God!
Indisputably, there is the role of God in the affairs of men but yet there is the role of man in the affairs of this world as well. Come to think of it what if Thomas Edison, the man who made it possible for electric light bulbs to last long hours or Alexander Bell, the telephone inventor or Bill Gates who made it possible for everyone to own a personal computer decided not to confront the problems they solved for the world? Are we going to be talking about Bill Gates as the richest man in the world today?
What if Aliko Dangote, an entrepreneur and presently the richest African or Mike Adenuga, the CEO of Globacom telecommunications in West Africa decided to adopt the praying mentality of the average African, and wait for God’s intervention, what would have happened to their wealth? What if they adopted the negative attitude to the problems in Nigeria like the ten spies or the other sales representatives?
Imagine our world today without electric bulbs? From the electric bulb in your room to the incandescent lamps in your office or your car’s head lamp, are we still going to the living in a world of darkness?
Bill Gates is the richest man in the world today, imagine if he had said to himself many years ago, that the problem of personal computers is a giant and he sees himself as a grasshopper, how would you be reading this article today?
Be The Joshua And Caleb Of Your Generation
“I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.” -Russell Wilson
My dear brothers and sisters, there is a wrong attitude to problems that need to be addressed. Don’t be like the ten spies. Don’t have the disposition of the sales representatives sent to survey Africa. This is the wrong mindset you and I have to confront and defeat it.
Be the Joshua and Caleb of your generation. Have a positive outlook. This positive synergy has a way of being infectious to everyone in your environment. See the opportunities, the possibilities, and the solutions.
“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” – Steve Maraboli
Bill Gates solved a problem, the result is glaring. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers Company solved a problem of making computers portable and easy to use for the average man, he died a billionaire. Mike Adenuga, the second richest man in Nigeria is a billionaire in US dollars, thanks to the problem he solved by providing access to telecommunications to millions in West Africa.
My message to you today is that where there is a problem, there is money and financial abundance. Where there is a problem, there is a job waiting for you. Where there is a problem, there are enormous opportunities and possibilities. You are the determining factor. Go ahead and do great things.
In the coming days, I will be showing you how to identify a solution that you have been specifically built to tackle and subdue. You are surrounded with myriads of problems and that signifies wealth all around you. Where there is a problem, there is money.
If the rich choose to be solving more problems, they will continue to get richer. And if the poor choose to be inactive and wait for some miracle, they will continue to get poorer. Problems are blessings in disguise. They are there for you
To be continued Tomorrow, don’t miss it.
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.