We want to talk to you today about the secret to solving problems by Joel Osteen. This article is inspired by a speech delivered by Pastor, Joel Osteen. We all face challenges. Things we’re believing will turn around. A child that’s off course. A sickness we’re dealing with. A dream that seems impossible. We’ve been praying, believing but nothing is changing. Sometimes, God won’t allow you to solve your own problem. The secret is you have to help someone else solve their problem.
In other words, you have to take the focus off yourself and be good to others in your time of need. As you sow that seed, that’s what’s going to bring the harvest that you’re waiting for. But you’ll be tempted to think, “I can’t help them. I have my own problems. I need to spend my energy to try to fix my situation.” But if you’ll take your hands off of your problem. Then be good to someone else, God will put his hands on your problem and make things happen that you couldn’t make happen. While you’re working on their situation, God is working on your situation.
A story showing how the secret of solving other’s problems solved my problem
A friend of mine struggled for many years with his teenage son. It was like they were different wave lengths. He tried his best to be loving, kind, understanding. However, they just didn’t get along. Invariably, they’d end up in an argument. Everything was so contentious. He prayed about it, quoted scripture, asked God to help him but nothing was getting better. He was the coach of the neighborhood baseball team. There was a young man on his team that came from a single-parent family. He wasn’t doing good in his schoolwork. When this father learned that, he took that young man under his wing. He started bringing him home from baseball practice with his son and he would help him do his homework. He tutored him, mentored him, he became a father figure in his life. That young man looked up to him, admired him in a great way.
Relationship started to improve
About six months after this father started doing that, his relationship with his own son began to improve. They got closer, started doing things together. Today they’re the best of friends. You can’t keep them apart. The secret to solving his problem wasn’t in praying more, wasn’t in working harder. Actually, it was in helping someone else solve their problem. The scripture says, “when Job prayed for his friends, his healing quickly came.” Don’t you know how many times Job prayed for himself when he wasn’t feeling well? “God, please restore health back unto me. God, please free me from this pain.” That’s good, that’s releasing your faith. I’m simply saying don’t stop there. Because there are times your breakthrough is connected to helping someone else get their breakthrough.
Be a blessing is the secret to solving your problems
Now, maybe you’ve been praying diligently standing in faith so strong, but nothing is improving. Now it’s time to go be a blessing. Look around. Where is a need you can meet? Go pray for that neighbor that’s not feeling well. Encourage that co-worker that’s struggling. Go help that friend accomplish their dream. As you’re helping others, you may not be able to see it, but God is helping you. He’s lining up the promotion, the breakthroughs, and the healing. You can’t sow a seed without reaping a harvest.
Another story showing the secret to solving other’s problems
When I was 10 years old, Lakewood was in an auditorium that held a thousand people. The church was growing. We needed to expand the building. My father asked the congregation to be praying about what they could give toward it. There was a small spanish-speaking church about six blocks down the road from Lakewood. They had started construction on a new building. It was an auditorium to hold 100 people. My father noticed that the construction had stopped. For several months, no one was working. He didn’t know anyone there. He’d never met the pastor.
But one afternoon, leaving Lakewood, he pulled in and talked with some people. They told how they started construction but had complications. It was costing more than they thought. Now, they had run out of funds and the building was just sitting there indefinitely. Well, my father was believing to raise the funds to expand Lakewood. We needed the finances. But, he told the congregation, instead of giving money for our building, he was going to take up an offering for their building. Lakewood gave the finances. It was enough to finish their auditorium.
What happened after Lakewood gave away their finances
In the natural, it didn’t make sense. We needed the finances. We had the problem. But my father understood this principle: when you help solve somebody else’s problem, God will help solve your problem. Now, sometimes, it’s not going to make sense. Proverbs says: “It is possible to give away and have more. It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything”. God’s ways are not our ways. Everything in you will say, “stay focused on getting out of my problem. I can’t help others until this problem is solved.” No, helping others is what’s going to cause that problem to turn around. Giving your time, energy, resources.
That’s what’s going to open the windows of heaven and cause your dream to come to pass. You would have thought giving away those funds would have kept Lakewood from expanding the building. It was just the opposite. The funds came in for the foundation. We paid it off. The funds came in for the steel, the lights, the chairs, the sound system. The building was built debt free. No delays. No complications. And not just that building, over the years, my father built building after building, expansion after expansion. He paid cash every time. He never lacked resources, never lacked the funds. I believe it all started when he helped that Spanish church. He had a need. And he had a problem. He didn’t just pray about it. And, he didn’t just believe. He helped solve someone else’s problem.
Make sacrifices to solve other people’s problems
When you make sacrifices to help other peoples’ dream come to pass, God will make sure your dream comes to pass. Don’t live only focused on yourself. My goals, my problems, my trouble at work. Get you mind off yourself and go be a blessing. Sow a seed. It doesn’t have to be finances. You can sow encouragement. Go visit that loved one in the hospital, cheer them up. Call that friend and speak life into their dreams. Take that elderly neighbor dinner each night. Make an extra plate for them.
The scripture says, “when it’s in your power to do good, don’t withhold it from others”. That means when you know you can be a blessing, you have the resources to help that person in need, you can teach them the skills that you’ve learned. Don’t put it off. When you help solve their problem, you’re not just being good to them, you are setting a miracle in motion for yourself. When you show favor, the favor will come to you.
The beauty of solving other’s problems
Here’s the beauty: when you help others, what you give is going to come back to you but not in the same proportion. Pressed down, shaken together, running over. My father helped that Spanish church that one time but the blessing from that obedience is still coming. When you’re in a difficult time, more than ever, you need to look for opportunities to do good. When your dream seems impossible, find someone and help their dream come to pass. It’s good to pray, believe, work hard, but some things are not going to happen if you’re only focused on yourself. As you bless others, God will bless you. As you show favor, favor will come to you.
The secret of solving other’s problem leaves you with overwhelming feeling
The last Sunday that we had services at our old location, I was driving down the road that final time leaving the services feeling so grateful for all that God had done. My mind was flooded with good memories and overwhelmed with where God was taking us. I looked up and saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. It’s as if God was smiling on us saying, “this chapter is finished but another great chapter is beginning”. About that time, I passed that small Spanish church that my father and Lakewood had helped over 40 years ago. Their little sign outside said, “Thank you Lakewood for giving us our building.”
My mind flashed back to that time when i was a little boy and I wondered, would I be going to the Compaq center if my father had not helped them in their time of need. Would I be seeing the favor, the growth, the influence? Daddy could have thought, “we’ve got big problems. We need it more than they do. We have all these challenges.” But he didn’t withhold the good when he had the opportunity.
Much of this comes down to trusting God. You may say, “I can’t help somebody else. I got my own problems. I can’t give away what I need for my dreams. I’m counting on that.” when you give your time, your energy, your resources, your talent, you will never end up with less. That is a seed you’re sowing that’s going to keep coming back to you. I’m reaping a harvest from seeds of obedience that my parents sowed 50 years ago. When you live a life of generosity, making sacrifices for others to come up higher, that’s not only going to impact you for the good, it’s going to impact your children, your grandchildren. Those seeds are going to keep on producing.
A story depicts the secret to solving other’s problems
Second kings 19, king Hezekiah was on the throne of Israel. He was one of David’s descendants. The Assyrian army had surrounded the people of Judah and were about to attack. They were much bigger and stronger. Hezekiah didn’t stand a chance. Isaiah, the prophet told him, the Assyrian army will not enter Jerusalem. They will not shoot their arrows over the city wall. But they will return home in defeat.
That night, the angel of the lord destroyed 185,000 of the enemy troops. The rest of them went back home just like Isaiah prophesied. Hezekiah was so thrilled. I can imagine he wondered why God blessed him in such a way, why he showed him so much favor. Isaiah said in verse 34, “Hezekiah, God didn’t do this because of anything you did. He protected you for the sake of his servant David.” This was 305 years after David had died. Yet those seeds of obedience, seeds of being good to people were still producing in their family line.
Every time you help someone in need, it’s not only going to help you, but you are storing up blessings for your children.In addition, every time you help solve someone’s problem, every time you make sacrifices to help them go further, you’re sowing a seed not only for you to go further. But for those that come after you in your family line to go further. Like Hezekiah, they will see blessings, favor, protection because you made decisions that honor God.
How Prophet Joseph was applying the secret to solving other people’s problems instantly
In the scripture, Joseph had a big problem. As a teenager, God gave him a dream that he would be in leadership and do great things. But his brothers were jealous of him. They didn’t like his big dream. Then, they threw him into a pit. They told their father that he was eaten by a wild animal. They ended up selling him into slavery. Joseph worked for a man named Potiphar in Egypt. Even though Joseph had a big problem, even though his dreams were shattered, what did he do? Sit around in self-pity, blaming God? No, in the midst of that problem, he started helping Potiphar with his problem.
He ran his whole household, organized all of his staff, made sure the grounds were clean, the property secure, the supplies in place. Instead of just focusing on his problem, he was being good to someone else. At one point, Joseph was falsely accused and put in prison. Surely now he would be bitter, discouraged, but in the prison two of his cellmates had a problem. They had a dream and didn’t understand what it meant. Joseph didn’t say, “too bad for you. I’m depressed. I don’t want to be here. I don’t like you anyway.” He said, “I can interpret dreams. Let me help you with your problem.” He interpreted their dreams. One of the cellmates was released from prison.
Joseph helped solve the problem of the people who detained him
Two years later, the Pharaoh, the leader of the country had a dream that he didn’t understand. The former cellmate said, “I know someone that can interpret dreams.” Joseph came before the Pharaoh and told him how the dream had to do with the food supply and how there were years of famine coming. How important it was to store up grain, get everything prepared for the drought. Pharaoh looked at him and said, “Joseph, you’re the right man for the job. Nobody could do it better than you.”
He made Joseph second in command of Egypt. What was Joseph doing for Pharaoh? Solving a problem. Strategically getting everything lined up, using his talent, his skill, his expertise to help the people that were holding him captive. He was so excellent that people from other nations came to study his operation. I’m sure Joseph was grateful to be out of prison, to have this influential position. But he still missed his family. Deep down, he thought he would never see his father again whom he loved so much. He’d already accepted that it was too late. But as he was helping Pharaoh with his problem, back home in Israel, his brothers were loading up their camels about to head to Egypt to look for food. They had heard the only place that had supplies was at the palace where Joseph was in charge. Notice what was happening.
God was solving Joseph’s problem while Joseph was solving other people’s problem
While Joseph was working on Pharaoh’s problem, God was working on Joseph’s problem. He couldn’t see it at the time. Everything looked just the same. But what Joseph didn’t know was the camels were coming. His brothers were on the way. I can imagine one evening there was a knock on the palace gates, guards looked outside and saw this caravan of camels. They asked the people what they wanted. They said they were looking for food.
One of the guards went to Joseph and said, “there’s a group that just arrived. They want to purchase some grain.” It was late in the day. Joseph was tired. He was about to say, “tell them to leave. Don’t bother us.” But for some reason, he changed his mind and went out to meet them. He couldn’t believe it. It was his brothers. You would think that Joseph would want to get revenge. The truth is he was so grateful to see them. He was overwhelmed with emotion. They didn’t recognize him. Eventually he told them who he was and they all wept together. He asked them if their father was still alive. They said that he was.
It’s been years
All those years Joseph spent working on other people’s problems, doing the right thing even when it wasn’t fair. That whole time, God was watching. God sees your faithfulness. He sees you helping others when you need help. He sees you encouraging that friend when you need encouragement. Praying for that neighbor that’s not well when you’re fighting an illness. It may seem like nothing is happening but God is working. What you can’t see is the camels are being loaded up. What you thought would never happen is still on the way. Joseph’s father and whole family came to Egypt to live with Joseph. Now the father and Joseph are embracing, weeping.
It’s a dream come true. Joseph’s problem is finally solved. It didn’t happen the way Joseph thought. He didn’t go back home to Israel. On the other hand, his family came to Egypt and they were able to enjoy all the blessings and honor God had given Joseph. But none of this would have happened if Joseph would have lived in-grown. “I’m not going to help this man, Potiphar. I’ve got my own problems.” “I’m not going to help these prisoners. They’ve never done anything for me.” “I’m not going to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream, use my expertise to run the food supply. They need to do something for me.” Joseph understood this principle.
When you’re working on someone else’s problem, God is working on your problem. It may seem like you could never get well, never break the addiction, never accomplish your dream. It’s been too long. But if you’ll do like Joseph and just keep being good to people, keep helping solve their problems. Keep helping their dreams come to pass. What you can’t see is the camels are coming. What God started he’s going to finish. It’s going to surprise you. There’s going to be a knock at the door. You didn’t see it coming. Like when Joseph’s brothers showed up unexpectedly.
The return of solving other’s problem is coming back to you
Healing is going to come to you unexpectedly, freedom from addictions unexpectedly. Suddenly, the right person finds you. Suddenly that door of opportunity opens. You thought it was too late. But the whole time you were helping others, the camels were in route. God has not forgotten about you. Those seeds you’ve sown have not gone unnoticed. You kept making sacrifices to help others. In addition, giving away what you really needed for your dreams. Above all, get ready for some surprises. Prepare for God to show out in your life. Get ready for something that you haven’t seen. It’s going to be unusual, uncommon, and it’s going to thrust you into your destiny.
An Incident happened to Joel Osteen
When I worked with my father here those 17 years doing the television production, my goal was to make my father look the best that I could. When I started, I didn’t have a lot of experience, so I found the best lighting consultants, the best camera people. The first year, we hired an older gentleman who used to produce the today show. I was with him every minute. He trained me how to put the program together.
I would spend hours trying to improve the lighting and making sure the platform looked the best that it possibly could. At one point, we were going to remodel the platform area. We had some top designers come in to help us. We were going to make a new podium as well. So I had them mock up a temporary podium just so we could check the size and see how it fit my father. I had him come down and he stood behind it.
We looked at it on camera and made several adjustments. Actually, I wanted it to fit him just right. I wanted the stage area to be as perfect as can be. Eventually, when we finished the remodel, it looked so beautiful on camera. I was so proud. It made my father shine. A year later, my father went to be with the lord. I never dreamed one day I would be standing behind that podium.
One day I would be the one on that beautiful platform. I thought I was building it for my father. Really I was building it for me. When you’re helping other people, you think you’re doing them a favor. Really you’re doing yourself a favor. As you help someone else shine, God is going to make sure that you shine. As you help others come up higher, God will cause you to come up higher. Beside, that’s a seed you’re sowing for where you’re going.
Another story happened to Joel’s friends
My friends, Rob and Laura Koch pastor a great church in Austin, Texas. Years ago, their 16 year-old son was killed in an automobile accident. It wasn’t easy but they didn’t get bitter, they didn’t give up on life, they kept moving forward. Eventually, they started a charity in his name called the Caleb foundation. They built hospitals, schools, orphanages. Done great work all over the world. At one of their orphanages in Haiti, called “Caleb’s house”. Some young men grew up there and were about to graduate from high school. They were going to bring a few of them to Austin to be interns at their church.
One of those young men that came, noticed Rob and Laura’s daughter. Then, they started dating and ended up falling in love. A few years ago, their daughter married the young man that grew up in the orphanage that they started in Haiti. All birthed out of the loss of their son.
But what if Rob and Laura wouldn’t have reached out to help others in their time of need? They could have been bitter. “we’re not going to help somebody. We lost our son. We’re in pain. Somebody needs to help us.” Instead their attitude was, “yes, we’re hurting. But God we know when we help others, you will help us.” “We know that when we work on their problems, you’ll work on our problems.” They started sowing all these seeds, taking care of orphans, giving an education to the less fortunate. Being good to people without expecting anything in return. When they built that orphanage in Haiti, they never dreamed their son-in-law would grow up there. They never dreamed he would marry their daughter and become a part of their family.
Believe, pray and help other people
When you’re helping others, you think you’re just doing good for them. But you don’t know what God is up to. You can’t be good to others without God being good back to you. You don’t know the favor and blessings that are connected to you helping others rise higher. I wonder how much we miss by living in-grown we only focus on what we lost and how we’ve been hurt. “God, I’ve got this big problem. You’ve got to help me.” Go be a blessing. Your miracle is waiting for you as you help others. Sometimes the reason you can’t solve your problem is because what you need is found in solving someone else’s problem.
As you help them succeed, like with Rob and Laura, your son-in-law will show up. As a result, things will happen that you weren’t expecting. I know many of you have been doing this. You’ve gone out of your way to be good to others, making sacrifices to help solve their problems. Surely, get ready, the camels are coming. What you’ve been praying about is already in route. Certainly, I believe and declare those seeds you’ve been sowing are about to come back to you pressed down, shaken together, running over. Surely, It’s going to be more than you can imagine. Promotion, breakthroughs, healing, the right people. Finally, it’s not me who says so. It is God.