The most dangerous time in your life is when you think you don’t need God! Complacency will set in. Smugness will grow. You’ll say, ‘I need you, Lord,’ then act like it all depends on you. As a result your faith will be unused, and when you’re not using your faith you can’t please God . If your vision doesn’t require God, it’s not of God! When He gets involved in your vision, He becomes the only means of achieving it. Without His help, what can any of us say or do that truly makes a difference? We can’t even begin to make progress until we humbly acknowledge that we are powerless over most things in life. We are, but God’s not! Whatever you’re facing today, read these words and rest in them: ‘He will never let me stumble, slip or fall. For He is always watching, never sleeping. Jehovah Himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night. He keeps you from all evil, and preserves your life. He keeps His eye upon you as you come and go, and always guards you’ (Psalm 121:3-8 TLB).
Your trouble is only a classroom – a controlled environment for God to work on your behalf. Look what He used to free His people (story from the book of Exodus) from slavery and turn their situation around – flies, hailstones and frogs. The things that destroyed their enemies were the very things God used to deliver them. There’s nothing God can’t do. He can be your doctor, your counselor, your stockbroker, your lawyer, and anything else you need Him to be. Notice, the frogs that invaded the homes of the Egyptians couldn’t cross the property line of God’s people. That’s because the favor of God will protect you! Think of the things that have come right up to you, but didn’t touch you. Why did the same Pharaoh who repeatedly said ‘no’ to Moses suddenly say ‘yes’? Timing! When the time is right God will move on your behalf.
So start praying for favor: favor in unexpected places, favor that moves mountains, favor that opens doors, favor that gives you access to things you otherwise wouldn’t have. If you can’t cope with the future, check with the past.
A Buddhist monk once said, “To know and not to do is not yet to know.” To translate that into our Christian language it could read: “To believe and not to act is not yet to believe.” In other words, if I say that I believe that without Christ people are eternally lost—and never do anything to help point others to Christ, do I really believe that people without Christ are lost? And if I say that I believe that Jesus is coming again, and that the lost will be left behind—and I never do anything to help introduce them to Christ, do I really believe that Jesus is coming again and that the non-Christians will be left behind?
“Dear God, please help me to believe your Word in my heart and not just in my head, so that I will always act according to what I believe, and not just according to what I profess. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”