Do you remember hearing those testimonies growing up that struck a ‘faith’ nerve? You know, the ones that were bold enough to trust in God’s provision for food or finances, only to hear a doorbell and find a bag of groceries at the door, or to wait until the last minute and miraculously have an unexpected check arrive in the mail?
I remember telling my wife about two years ago, “I want to be the kind of person that LIVES the faith that I profess to have.” Sometimes I wish I knew what I were getting into.
In the move, “Evan Almighty”, I remember the interaction Morgan Freeman (playing the role of God) had with the character of Evan Baxter’s wife. He proposed an interesting reality that, even in Hollywood, had tremendous spiritual implications and realities.
When you ask God for patience, does he strike you with patience, or does he present you with opportunities to be patient? When you ask God for boldness, does he strike you with courage and boldness, or present you with opportunities to be bold and courageous?
This was my experience. I asked for the type of faith I grew up hearing. What did I get in return? I got a plethora of opportunities to LIVE that faith out. I couldn’t really complain for something I asked for, right? It was hard, but I was able to go through it, and am going through it still.
When you think of ‘faith’ in the bible, perhaps the only person (or at least the first person) you think about is Abraham. He is the father of faith. He believed in God.
But early in life, when he was still referred to as Abram, we see an interesting scripture on him. In Genesis 15:6, we read, “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” (NLT).
Abram believed the Lord. Have you ever believed in someone? Has someone told you something and you believed them?
I remember asking my parents do go to McDonald’s (a desire I perhaps should NOT have had a child). My dad would tell me would would go for our birthday or on a special day. We did, and I believed in his word.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
How does this apply to God? Do you REALLY believe what God says?