For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (Proverbs 3:26)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
I'd like to share with you a thought that came to me while doing my morning Bible study. Gloria Copeland shared a statement I have heard spoken many times, but the revelation of it finally hit my spirit man.
Because God responds to faith. Our faith, not our need, is what causes Him to act on our behalf.
Now, I confess this idea used to bother me - the thought that God would ignore our need. However today, I see it in an entirely different light, and it was because of her next comment.
If we only serve God half-heartedly, then we will not have confidence in Him to deliver us from trouble. When danger surrounds us, instead of being filled with faith, we'll find ourselves paralyzed with fear.
The problem is not that God is turning His back on my need. This goes against Scripture. Instead, God is full of compassion and mercy. (Psalm 86:15) His greatest desire is to meet our need.
No, the problem is on our end. Think of something you want really bad. Say there's a piece of chocolate cake on the counter and it's yours and it's free. When will you be able to eat that cake? When you confidently walk over there and pick it up. As long as you remain on the couch whining about your lack of cake, it will remain on the counter.
This may seem like a silly analogy, but the same is true of whatever we need from God. God has already offered it to us. It's right there for the taking. There is freedom, peace, healing, eternal life. He saw our need already and provided the answer in advance. So why do we not believe its ours, walk over there, and take it? He's given it to us!
Fear will prevent you from going where God wants you to go, from receiving what God wants you to receive. This is why it is so vital to keep yourself confident in God. Remind yourself every single day of how wonderful He is, how great, how high, how mighty, and build your faith. Keep God bigger than the problem. Then walk right over and pick up the solution. It's yours, after all!
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.