Last week we talked about why it’s harder to have faith for ourselves than others. This week goes along with that, as using that faith in “practical” terms. We don’t like needing help doing anything. We are adults and we can do it all. However, you can’t do anything, in faith, without help from God. Since God created everything you can conceive, it stands to reason, he could do anything he wanted for you. Most of the time, though, he chooses to do things with us or through us.
*WARNING* This is where I talk about Manifest Destiny. It is not my intentions to step on any ones beliefs. Please take it as my belief whether you agree or not is not as important as the message.
I’m sorry to disappoint however, I am kind of in the middle. God chooses to work with us and through us, not because we are good enough, but because he knows our hearts so well he can see every choice we will make before we make it. He knows if we will allow him to take control, and he knows when we will allow him. This sets up the idea that at the beginning of time God knew every decision everyone would make, therefore, knowing every spot in time that they would do this or that, and how everyone would react to every little thing. Armed with this knowledge, God would be able to map out the entirety of the ages, and know when and where everyone would be, and what they would do. It’s not that you have a set path you have to take, and no matter what you do, you can’t change it. You make all the choices, you create your own “destiny”, but God just knows you are going to do it before you do.
Now, back on point, since he knows this, he can give us the very best opportunity to except him and his ways. He knows that you are going to reject his help, and yet he offers it anyway, or he knows you can get through the situation without it, so he lets you go ahead with your plans. Since humans are the only creature on Earth that has free will, God can use anything in the world to try to get us to call on him. The story of the fishermen is a great example:
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
They had fished all night without Jesus’s help and caught nothing. All the work and effort they did that night was useless, only because they did it without him. It’s not that they were doing something wrong, or even purposely left Jesus out of it. Jesus needed to show them, that with him anything they do would be multiplied, but without him nothing mattered. So when they took Jesus out, and listened to him, they had so much bounty they couldn’t handle it. It almost sank two boats with all the fish.
Faith without trust would be like Simon telling Jesus that he knew Jesus could do it, but he didn’t want to row out. Trust made him, even though he was exhausted from working all night, he rowed out and followed Jesus’s directions. The main difference between faith and trust is: Having Faith is believing God CAN do something, and having Trust is believing God WILL do something. So, you can see why it hinders us when we just have faith. Even satan believes God can do things, satan just believe he can stop God from doing them. In this sense satan has just as much faith as the average Christian. That is scary! This is why Jesus says:
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
There will be many people who believe in God, but they do not know him, or have a relationship with him. A relationship built on Faith and Trust. Like the one you have with your family or friends. You may not think twice about lending $100 to you best friend, but what about to a complete stranger? Even if you do, you may have faith that he can pay you back and hope he would do the right thing, but you don’t have trust that comes with the relationship. I want to be clear on this point. I’m not saying you will get everything you have faith for. You won’t get everything you trust in God for. I don’t buy into the “Name it, Claim it” stuff, that says anything you want, just completely believe it is yours already and you will get it. He knows what is best for you and he will provide what you need, when you need it. Anything else is blessings poured down upon you. That is where we need to put our Faith and Trust, for being with him is all that matters.
Your Challenge This Week: Act
Do the thing that he has been telling you to do. We all have something, if you don’t, you’re not listening. Whether big or small, do it!