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What Do You Do When You've Done All You Can?


Gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin composed a popular song titled “Stand” (Released September 25, 2007 under the Verity Label It's a song written for inspiration and encouragement in the midst of a personal storm. During the song the artist ask a question, while at the same time proposing a universal answer:

“Tell me, what do you do, When you've done all you can do and it seems like it's never enough. Tell me what do you say When your friends turn away, and you're all alone, so alone. Tell me, what do you give, when you've given your all, and Seems like you can't make it through . Well, you just stand, When there's nothing left to do ,You just stand, watch the Lord see you through .Yes, after you've done all you can, You just stand “

It’s unquestionably one of the most inspirational and spiritually enlightening songs of its genre and during your darkest hour the song appear to be all you need to get through. However, as enlightening and inspiring as it may be, it is just a song, and after a few minutes of comfort you’re still left with your problem. Perhaps the burdens are a little lighter but you still have your problem. So what do you do when you’ve done all you can, and God seemingly is nowhere to be found?

One option, as the song suggests is to wait on the Lord and He will see you through - or will He? The reality of this assumption is that millions of people have died waiting on the Lord to see them through. The biblical writers reminds us that after the crucifixion of Christ and His short return to earth in the spirit/flesh He ascended to heaven telling his disciples that He would return - that was approximately over two thousand and fourteen years ago. Since then all the disciples have died, some violently - waiting on the Lord. Everyone who knew Jesus and witnessed his miracles has all died. Those whom He healed and brought back from the dead have all died, some twice - like Lazarus!

In the meantime we’ve gone through several world wars, famines, natural disasters and we’re still waiting on Jesus’ return. We’ve survived a few doomsday prophecies - but we’re still waiting. There are a lot of people on this earth who are suffering daily from both man made and natural disasters who are at their rope’s end but the song tells them to just stand. We’ve lost loved ones to violence at the hands of selfish, greedy people and the song tells us to just stand. We’ve witnessed death and destruction on massive scales but just stand! We’ve seen innocent children raped, sold into slavery and in some instances murdered - but just stand! People are losing their jobs, their homes, and families are falling apart but the song suggests that the best solution is to just stand! “After you’ve done all you can do, you just stand and watch the Lord see you through!”

The lyrics sound very peaceful but are they reasonable? Is it reasonable to just stand and wait for the unexpected, the unknown, and possibly the unacceptable to happen, if it happens at all? Is it prudent to wait for the Lord to see you through when millions have died over a period of approximately two thousand and fourteen years, hundreds of thousands within the last year – just waiting? Is it reasonable to trust someone you can’t see and don’t really know? Human nature suggests that it is in fact, unreasonable! Human nature suggests that when you’ve done all you can you don’t stand, you blame someone else and walk away from your faith. Human nature suggests that only a fool would wait on the impossible, the unexpected, and the unacceptable!

Then again, human nature just may be the problem!

The biblical writers take us to the book of Genesis chapter 1 verse 26 in an effort to explain why we must stand and wait on the Lord.

“Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth,” (Gen. 1:26, NASB).

This delegation of authority puts the responsibility of stewardship of the earth at the feet of man. God maintained that which is above the earth - the spiritual heavens, while man has the responsibility for that which is below the heavens - the carnal earth. This is a covenant between God and man to co-manage His earthly creation. In relinquishing this earthly authority God committed to not get involved in the affairs of man on earth - unless He is invited to do so. This explains why God did not stop Eve from consuming the forbidden fruit in the garden. That was Adams' responsibility. God knew their decision was wrong but without approved authority to intervene there wasn’t anything He could do - therefore, He simply watched them self destruct.

Man is made of dirt, given a spirit by the breath of God. God is spirit. Man, as a dirt man can not enter into the spiritual realms of God (heaven) unless he physically dies and his spirit is released from the carnal sin of the flesh. God can not (will not) enter the carnal realm of man unless He comes in the flesh and is invited to do so. This is why Jesus had to be born of the flesh and while in the flesh even He had limited access to the heavens except through prayer – which He did often. Being born of the flesh was the only way God could legally enter man’s domain to save him, without breaking the covenant of earthly stewardship.

On the other hand the Bible tells us that God in omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere at all times - but the manifestation of His Spiritual powers in the carnal world is limited to an invitation. An example would be having a world renowned chef standing in your kitchen. He is a proven chef, with the ability to cook, but he’s just standing there watching you burn the meals. He sees you struggling but he just stands there. The chef is there but the manifestation of his abilities is not being revealed. Why, because he’s given you authority to manage the kitchen. You are in charge and he can not interfere least he goes back on his word. But, if you ask him to help, and you give him the authority to help, then he will manifest, or reveal his abilities by stepping in and solving your problem. We think when bad things happen that God is a silent, absent partner. God is not absent; He is simply waiting for man to give up his efforts to solve the problem and give Him (God) the authority to enter the carnal world so He can manifest His power to save man.

Whenever we pray we are inviting God to intervene in our lives - and by doing so we must trust Him and give Him the authority to satisfy His will - not ours! In the process we may lose a few things in our lives such as people, money, and material goods – or – we may gain these things. God is no respecter of persons, places or things. When we’ve done all we can do and things are still messed up then we need to give God full authority to manifest His spiritual powers in our domain. Until we’re willing to do this, He will watch us suffer. It sounds harsh but it’s a covenant contract made with man centuries ago. God’s original plans for man is described in the Book of Jeremiah chapter 29, verse 11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God’s original plan was that man should live forever and after the fall man should die in peace. This plan however was contingent on man working with God, and not against Him.

Through God man has the technological resources to solve the problems within his carnal domain but he must partner with God for the spiritual solutions. Man has the technology to make life easier. Man has doctors who can heal sickness and prolong lives. Man will travel to far away planets seeking other life forms for knowledge but man will never seek the one thing that will bring him peace - which is God.

The new Testament offers valuable lessons and evidence of the positive outcome when we invite God into our carnal world. After the feeding of the five thousand Jesus instructed the disciples to get into a boat and go to the other side of the sea. In an effort to renew their faith He sent them directly into a storm. Jesus himself went to the mountain top and prayed. But from His position on the mountain He could see the disciples and monitored their actions in the face of the storm. He saw that they were in trouble but it was long into the fourth hour before they called on Him. He was there watching them, but the magnification of His powers was not revealed until He received an open invitation for help. He then walked calmly on the water to intervene and save them. In every instance of Biblical history where Jesus healed someone it was by open invitation from the person requesting the miracle - and they were willing to trust the outcome, whether it was favorable to them or not. A few examples was the man at the pool of Bethesda, the Woman with the issue of blood, the Roman soldier, the Thief on the cross.

When we exclude God’s authority in our lives there is nothing left to do except suffer. But, when we invite God into our carnal lives and give Him spiritual authority then the lyrics of the song are more than reasonable when it advises:

“Just stand, when there's nothing left to do, you just stand, watch the Lord see you through. Yes, after you've done all you can, you just stand “

Whatever trials or storms you're facing right now - give it to God, and give Him the trust and authority to magnifest His Miraculous abilities to calm your rough seas........

God sees your pain and know that you are struggling. All He's waiting for is an invitation....not a prayer that things get better, but an invitation into your carnal world so He can make things better and prepare you for spiritual blessings!

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James Brown (author) from United States of America on December 15, 2017:

@Rocki - I’m honored the article was helpful. Take care and be blessed.

Rocki on December 15, 2017:

Amazing article I’m going through it and I continue to try and solve the problem myself when I need to just give to God and have Him take over ... I see Him looking down on me shaking His head like , what is she trying to do? lol Thanks for this article sir

James Brown (author) from United States of America on September 10, 2014:

@ junior... I agree with your statement 100% "No body owns nobody, get your health back and, keep your head up?" No one or no thing is worth our freedom. Keep the faith my friend. Live and let live!

junior on September 09, 2014:

what happened to me is that I did the crime and, did the time. It's not right either way or for either side of the genders' in a relationship to hit much less beat either side from the man and, women too. If it turns sick there is nothing else to do but get to steppin' truth too is my opinion. No body owns nobody, get your health back and, keep your head up?

AnointedSword on June 05, 2013:

Actually, the Bible does not say to, "Just stand." It says, "after doing all you can do" With that said, this is a wonderful article and more need to read it. I will be sharing it on my facebook.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on April 28, 2013:

Wonddrful - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm humbled that you were blessed by the article. I re-read it on occasions to keep me focus.

Wonddrful on April 27, 2013:

This helped me tremendously to truly see and understand! John Michael smith....a-men

Prince Humble on June 28, 2012:

Believers today, we need to put our confidence in GOD and realize that God positions us where He wants us, not where we want to be. Being between the devil and the deep blue sea, to use a coined phrase, was not where the Israelites wanted to be. They would much rather have had a clear path before them, free from pursuing Egyptians and the barrier of the sea. But that was not what God wanted. You see ... God positioned them to where He was their only hope, to where if He did not deliver them, they would not be delivered. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, sometimes the only way we can recognize our own inadequacy is for God to position us to where we have no hope but Him.

Throughout scripture, we see the same thing over and over again. -Sadrach, Meshach and Abednigo in the fiery furnace -Daniel: He purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s meat. When everybody bowed down to the golden idol, Daniels say everybody but me. He was will to suffer the consequences of the Lion’s den because of his convictions. in the lion’s den -David facing Goliath These are all situations in which God’s deliverance was their only hope. -In the same way, in your life and mine, God will put us in situations where He is our only hope. Even as God delivered Israel, we are reminded that God is also our deliverer.

matt on March 07, 2012:


Sarah on February 05, 2012:

I do not believe in chance. I believe God led me to this message for a reason. Was also looking for the song's lyrics. After this revelation, I'll stand. Wow, what a word!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on January 18, 2012:

Krystal - be blessed my sister!

Krystal on January 16, 2012:

God led me to this message and I'm so grateful that he did!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on November 19, 2011:

kiwi75 - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on November 19, 2011:

jmbarnes64 - you are so correct. everytime we try to solve our problems we do nothing more than make them worst - and then we call on God. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

kiwi75 on November 11, 2011:

Beautiful! Yes God is definitely waiting on us

jmbarnes64 on November 10, 2011:

This is very nice. I know that we need to do all that we can in any situation we are going through, and then let God do his part. We wait on Him to solve that problem, pay that bill, bring that loved one home, etc. I realize something though, that the problems is not always us not believing that God can't do it. We want instant results or at least results to come quicker than it seems that God is coming through with it. So we go and try to fix it ourselves and sometimes end up with a worse mess than before, or we try to help God out, as we say. We all know that God doesn't need our help at all.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on November 09, 2011:

liz valdez - Praise God!! I pray that God continues his mercy and anointing on your life and that your journey from this point is peaceful and successful!

liz valdez on November 09, 2011:

your words came to me at the right time a second chance at life thank you.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on September 02, 2011:

minister will - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Be blessed!

minister will on August 27, 2011:

Love it, GOD bless you for the gift of song. And the message that is spred through it. (stand) in faith for your blessing. It may not come the way we want, but it will come.(stand). Amen.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on April 02, 2011:

Elearn4Life - Praise God!! My apology for the late reply. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. The hub was a real reminder for me that God is still in control.

Darlene Matthews on March 22, 2011:

Turning to God should always be the first step. Why do we do it last when HE has been right there waiting?

Thoughtful Hub. God sure held your hand as you wrote this.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on December 08, 2010:

kollia54 - I find myself reading the article over and over again as a reminder.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on December 08, 2010:

Hi Phyllis - thanks for stopping by. It was goodconnecting with you. Be blessed.

kollia54 on December 08, 2010:

That was a beautiful message. It inspired me to think about'' do I include God in my daily decision making''. I just assumed that he knows I need him. Thanks for the wake up message.

Phyllis on December 07, 2010:

Thank you so much, James. I need to read this every day!!!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on December 07, 2010:

Child of God - God is good - All the time! But we'll never know how good He really is until we've given Him a chance. I wrote the article during a rough period in my life when I was struggling for answers and the journey led me to the Book of Genesis - and suddenly the answer to my problem became very clear. Let go and let God!

Child of God on December 03, 2010:

How I ended up led here? Is so funny..searchin for DOnnie Mc Clurkin's words from this song, and I end up reading this.

Wouldn't believe how this made me cry because I know God is telling me to reach out and ask for His help..I'm goin through so much, and in the process think we're SO strong.

Man, I'm gonna hand it over to Him!

Faith, I've been by day.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on November 22, 2010:

healingone - I am humbled that you enjoyed the post. thanks for stopping by and commenting. Be blessed!

healingone from Georgia on November 16, 2010:

Thanks for writing this encouraging post!

Luv & Blessings!


James Brown (author) from United States of America on August 26, 2010:

Emeka - Praise God and be Blessed!

Emeka on August 24, 2010:

Thanks for your word. I am encouraged and have been really blessed by it. Through your word, my strength has been renewed. Now I know that things are getting worse because the are getting better. No matter what the challenges are, so long as we have faith in God, we must surely overcome.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on July 25, 2010:

cherilsword - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am humbled that you enjoyed the hub.

cherilsword on July 21, 2010:

You have done a great job with a difficult subject. Thanks for sharing.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on January 25, 2010:

bonny2010 - AMEN. I am in the same boat. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

bonetta hartig from outback queensland on January 25, 2010:

well that puts everything in perspective - funny thing faith - something I never question. whenever I have a problem I try and try and try again - then I have a chat with God and let him guide me - sometimes I have my doubts, sometimes things aren't worked out the way I want them too but I accept that - I ask and whatever happens is Gods will - after all who knows better than him about what is good for me.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on December 21, 2009:

imogen - thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear your song however you did not leave any information on how to listen to it.

imogen on December 21, 2009:

well my is a song what is about love and my song is called give love a try so what do yo think of it

Willbeblessed on November 07, 2009:

Now I see what all the Hub is about; And you're telling me, that you think that this is something that I would be good at? You are very much exercizing your gift in this place. Keep on Standing My Brother. Call me, I need some questions answered: I don't have your number, I'll explain later. Be Blessed, Shalom!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on September 28, 2009:

Hmrjmr1 - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have to admit that its tough sometimes to give Him everything but when we do the results well worth the tryst.

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on September 27, 2009:

jxb7076-too many times to count you have to trust your training and God to see you thru the mission, Good Hub God Bless..

James Brown (author) from United States of America on September 09, 2009:

ftgfmom - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am humbled that you enjoyed the hub.

ftgfmom on September 09, 2009:

I love the chef analogy. This whole message is awesome!!! Thank you for sharing.

James Brown (author) from United States of America on June 15, 2009:

Hello Sabrinade - my apologies for the late response. Thanks for your comment and the friendship connection. I look forward to reading your hubs.

Apostle Sabrina D Easton from Texas on June 12, 2009:

Awesome, Keep Standing I'm a witness personally that GOD will see you through Always.


James Brown (author) from United States of America on April 23, 2009:

Blondepoet - thanks for the kind comments. I just read and commented on your hub regarding you and AEvans travel adventures. I would ask if I could tag along next time but I am not sure if my heart could handle that level of excitement!!! Therefore, I'll just enjoy reading about it. lol

blondepoet from australia on April 23, 2009:

The words you write are so beautiful and uplifting, a big thumbs up

James Brown (author) from United States of America on April 17, 2009:

Everyday Miracles - At the time I wrote this hub I was going through a few personal problems. It took me a while to complete this hub but once completed I felt a sense of relief and my problems no longer seemed insurmountable. Giving everything to God is a real challenge because we don't know what we're getting back. After writing the hub I realized that I should not expect to receive anything in return.  If I've truly turned everything over to Him then I must stand if for no other reason than a testimony because if I am standing in the upright position, the devil can't ride my back.

Thanks again for the feedback.

Becki Rizzuti from Indiana, USA on April 17, 2009:

I have been personally struggling with this in my own life only just lately. Our lives were truly going downhill day by day. Bills and other things were sucking up every financial resource that we had and we were beginning to wonder how we were going to keep our child fed.

Then God led me to Luke 11 and I really began to understand what he wanted from me... He wanted me to ask Him for what I needed. And the response, when I did, was immediate (literally 10 minutes later a debt was forgiven!).

Leaning on God can be one of the most difficult choices that we will ever make and often as Christians we think we are doing it when we are, in fact, not yet releasing our lives into His hands.

Nice work!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on March 15, 2009:

G-Ma: Thanks for the feedback. The most difficult thing to do is giving Him authority. I'd be the first to admit that it's hard because you don't know what's coming back to you. It could either be painful or pleasant. Either way, that's why faith is so important! I hear you on following the 10 commandments - that is the key!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on March 15, 2009:

Goldentoad: Thanks for the comments man. I like to think I am a live and let live person. I really enjoy your hubs as well. I think they are down to earth and express real life events. Keep 'em' coming!

James Brown (author) from United States of America on March 15, 2009:

Naybery: Thanks for he comment. Standing in faith is difficult sometimes but it must be done.I need to be more diligent at it.

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on March 15, 2009:

Ok I give Him the authority to manifest His power in me...then I can just stand? Well I think not...I think I need to follow His 10 commandments and to try in everyway i can to be better...but then you have said all that..Nice read my dear..I Loved it Amen...God Love you...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

goldentoad from Free and running.... on March 15, 2009:


I like the words you write with and the fact you have beliefs that are not just an act, but a part of your being, your foundations are strong and you have accepted other people for who they are, and have not been judgemental towards those of different opinions or beliefs. I like that you can share with us your thoughts but you don't take it upon yourself to force us to believe, as you know it is ultimately a choice as individuals we have to make. I believe you walk the walk and you are the real deal.

Nayberry from on March 15, 2009:


Well-written and wonderful!!! Faith is something that too many of us lack in these troubled times, but if we just stand, God will fight our battles.


James Brown (author) from United States of America on February 16, 2009:

drpastorcarlotta: can you imagine where we would be if not for His grace?! Thanks for the comment.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on February 16, 2009:


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