It is easy to confess faith – talk is cheap. It is easy to confess that you have faith in the promises of God. It is easy to sings songs about faith when you stand in church. It is easy to tell people that you trust in God and God alone.
But there comes a time, when talking is no longer sufficient. There comes a time when you have to DO in faith. When you have to spread your wings and jump off the cliff, really trusting God to keep you flying. THAT is real faith.
You will only know that your faith has developed into a strong muscle the day you stand at the cliff ready to jump. Only then will you know whether you really depend on God alone. If you are still frantically looking around to see who is close by to help you, you have been lying to yourself all the time. If you are still hoping in people to provide the breakthrough, you are not really trusting in God alone. It’s that moment when you realise this is it – it’s all or nothing – that faith comes out of you as strong as a giant. It is at that moment that you will realise it’s God and nothing else. It’s at that moment when you wings open and you feel the wind of Holy Spirit lifting you that you will realise how easy faith really is.
We tend to look to the seen things, the problems, the obstacles, the what-if’s. And as long as we are staring at those, our faith cannot rise. Look away from your problems today. Look full towards God. Spread your wings and fly.
I have been fasting and trusting God for three weeks now. I had a problem and I needed an answer. I have stubbornly been holding on in faith, waiting for the breakthrough to come. The little verse in Psalm 46:10 crossed my mind often during this time.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
I have pondered on this verse many times in my life. I have sung the little chorus about this verse many times in my life. The verse is comforting to say the least. I have even blogged about it more than once.
Last night though, this verse became alive to me.
I am a sound sleeper. I love my sleep. And I don’t suffer from insomnia. If I wake up in the middle of the night for no rhyme or reason, I know from experience that God wants to share something with me. So this morning at 02h00 when I was wide-eyed, I simply asked God what He wanted to do in me. I simply declared my availability like little Samuel did. And God told me to be quiet. It was strange to me – I was quiet in my bed, not moving and not saying in word! How quiet was I supposed to be? My mind was trying to figure out what God wanted, when again I was told to be quiet. I realised that I had to quiet my mind. I had to stop thinking. I had to just listen. Do you have any idea how hard it is to stop thinking? My thoughts wanted to run in every possible direction in rebellion! It was so hard to keep my focus on God alone and not allow any thoughts to enter my mind.
In that stillness, breakthrough came. I got the answer I have been waiting for.
We live in a world of constant noise. Silence is rare. It’s difficult to hear God in the noise of everyday life. I encourage you to go on a journey, pursuing God in stillness. The experience is amazing.
What are you battling with today? What challenges are you facing?
I dare you to turn your eyes away from your problems towards the One who promised to never let you down!
Wonderful, Glorious, Holy and Righteous
Victorious, Conqueror, Triumphant and Mighty
Healer, Deliverer, Shield and Defense
Strong Tower and my best Friend
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, soon coming King
Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything
Holy, Holy is His Name!!
Put this song on full volume and tell your troubles to listen! I dare you!
Worship in the midst of troubles is the highest form of faith you can offer God. And without faith you cannot please Him.