'When God solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities. When God doesn't solve your problems, HE has faith in YOUR abilities.' This quote is from an unknown author. Let's add to this. I see it more as a level of involvement.
Picture a baby struggling to get to a toy. As a parent, you desperately want to clear the floor to make it easy for them, but you resist because you know they are learning how to navigate and need those obstacles blocking their path in order to master crawling. You are right there, hovering, ready to intervene if they need help, but letting them figure out how to reach their goal.
Let's go back to the Old Testament to Moses and the exodus-ing Israelites. They are on the edge of the Red Sea, the Egyptians hot on their tail. The Israelites start crying to Moses and he tells them "Stay calm! The LORD will fight for you, and you won't have to do a thing." But listen to what God says to Moses (I love this) -
"Why do you keep crying out to me for help? (the word used for crying here actually mean to shriek) Tell the Israelites to move forward. Then hold your walking stick over the sea. The water will open up and make a road where they can walk through on dry ground."
God solved the problem, but Moses had to act as well. Notice the order of the instructions:
1) Tell them to move
2) Raise your staff
3) I will split the waters
Sometimes God has you reveal your faith before He steps in. But the best thing about this is that HE gives you the faith. HE gives you the motivation to step out of the boat and then HE makes thing happen!
Have a blessed day! 💙
~ Bonnie @blessedbeboutique