Wednesday, 6 February 2013
On arriving on our floor we realised that it was dark but as we stepped out of the lift into the corridor the lights closest to the lift lit up. As we proceeded to walk along the corridor towards our room, the other lights along the corridor continued to light up one after the other as we took each step and drew closer to them. My husband then said to me, "Wow, its an amazing illustration of our faith walk with God. He gives us just enough light and information to take one step, then as we obey and start to move...he lights up the way to enable us to take a few more steps."
As I marvelled at this illustration I though about how true this was. God usually never lets us see the rest of the path, He shows us a little at a time so that we can trust in him and maintain our faith as he leads us in the way we should go. This is true in so many areas of our walk with God. He will often instruct us to do something...become a missionary, open a business, write a book, compose a song, open an orphanage. Often starting and doing these things can at times feel intimidating. These things may at times seem beyond our reach and an impossible task due to financial or physical constraints. However as we start to move and walk in obedience to the instruction, often we will start to see God's provision. Nothing will happen until, like Peter, you step out of the boat. Its in stepping out and activating your faith, that God will be drawn into the situation to start performing a miracle for you.
I remember a testimony shared a few years ago by a woman in our church who hadn't been able to have a child for almost 10 years. Then someone told her that she should go and buy baby clothes and start believing God for a child. It sounded crazy of course. How can you buy baby clothes when you are not even pregnant?
Remember the definition of faith in the bible....
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
That means faith throws all logic and reasoning out of the window. You cant have faith and still try and figure it all out.
The woman who wanted a child decided to exercise this kind of crazy faith and lo and behold, God was moved by her faith and a year later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
If God could do the impossible for her, He is not a respecter of persons and can do the same for you.
The bible also says that, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6
Over the years I have watched God answer every prayer request I made. Some things took years, others just days but in all I can stand and say I have seen the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living.
God's grace is always sufficient for where we are and as we obey Him and move, He will move with us and His word will continually be a lamp unto our feet.
So as He instructs, pray and then move! :)