I had conversations with two different men last week, both of them having a huge impact on me, for very different reasons.
The first man is tall, very tall. He is a big man with broad shoulders and big hands, you get the picture. But his spirit-man is small and insignificant. His faith is weak. His relationship with God is questionable. Oh he goes to church, but the evidence of his life speaks much louder than the fact that he sits in church on Sundays. In the spirit, he is a midget.
The other man was just as big many years ago. Today however, he is small and he sits in a wheelchair. His physical body shrunk away due to the lack of movement in his muscles. His arms and hands are still strong, but he is so much smaller than what he used to be. He is not a picture of masculine health and virility at all. But his spirit-man is a giant. He knows who he is in Christ. That certainty and confidence shines out of his eyes.
The world today is so painfully aware of physical appearances. Both men and women are obsessed with weight, six-packs and outward beauty. We climb on our scales just about daily to see how we are performing against the standard that the world has set. But what about our spirit-persons? If we were as concerned about our spiritual health as we are about our physical looks, we could have taken the world for Jesus.
We are spirit just as God is spirit. Our spirits are the part that will continue the journey after our physical bodies have died. Does that fact not warrant more attention to the spirit-person? What do you look like in the spirit? Are you a giant or a midget?
He was slouching on his couch, lamenting that God has not yet answered his prayer. In one sentence, he confessed faith AND unbelief. “I believe God will give me a job, when I don’t know. Clearly He has his own time”. And he said that with quite a disrespectful attitude. I was shocked. In front of him on the floor were the products of a temporary job somebody offered to him. A temporary job that if he chose to work instead of moan, he could earn R8000 per month. In the comfort of his home. But because he was moaning about God not answering, he was earning R50 a day instead of the potential R400.
It made me angry. God did answer his prayer. God provided him with a means of income. Instead of being thankful for what God provided, he was moaning because God didn’t not provide it in the way he wanted it. How arrogant.
The worst of all – we are all like that at times in our lives. We want to prescribe to God what He should do. Instead of just asking and being thankful for whatever He chooses to do. Who do we think we are? God is not our slave. God is not our puppet. God is almighty!
A while ago I listed to a serious of teachings by Andrew Wommack titled “A better way to pray”. This incident reminded me of those again. I think we should all work towards an attitude of thankfulness. If we just look around us, there are many things we could immediately be thankful for. Let’s rather approach our Father with thanksgiving and praise instead of a long grocery and demands list!
I got fantastic news this morning. News that made me realise again that God is faithful and that God rewards those who WALK steadfastly in faith.
I never met David Oyebisi in real life, but we have been friends for a while. We ‘met’ on social media as we were both students at Unisa and had some subjects together. David recently completed his degree and he wanted to further his studies by doing an honours degree in IT Management. He didn’t have an income, he couldn’t afford the studies, he wasn’t an South African citizen but he had one thing going for him – faith. David prayed and he believed that God would provide for him. In faith, he enrolled at the University of Johannesburg for his honours degree, without knowing where the money would come from. He knew God would not let him down. He messaged me this morning: he has a sponsor. A sponsor from America that will pay his FULL tuition fee! Praise the Lord! He is faithful and worthy to be praised!
While I was rejoicing with him, the heading of this blog came to me. We have to WALK in faith. We should not WAIT in faith – that is not faith. Through the entire Bible, there are countless example where people had to WALK and DO in faith. Without even picking up my Bible, I can quickly think of a few!
- The Israelites were sent to Jericho and for 7 days they walked around the city, in faith that God will give it to them. Do you think it was easy for them? I don’t think so! They must have thought of the eminent danger they were going into. They must have wondered just how God was going to do this. They had to go and do in faith, only then did God move!
- God sent Elijah to the brook Cherith with a promise that the ravens would fee him. Can you imaging something like that? Put yourself in his shoes! He had to go there in faith, only then did the ravens come!
- In the same chapter you will read that God sent him to Zarephath with a promise that a widow would look after him. God didn’t provide anything before he walked in faith! Only then did God provide.
- Jesus sent his disciples to Bethphage telling them they will find a donkey there. Did God provide the donkey there and then? No! They had to walk in faith first!
We are a generation that battles to take God on His word. We want God to provide first, before we will do anything. That is not faith. We cannot please God that way. God clearly says in His word that we can only please Him through faith. We sit and wait for something divine to happen before we will act. Instead of acting and causing something divine to happen!
Let me give you some food for thought: if you are constantly worrying about things going wrong, you have more trust in the devil’s ability to persecute you, than what you have in God to protect you.
Stop focusing on your circumstances. Stop focusing on what could go wrong. Start DOING and WALKING in faith so that God can show you His wonder-working power!