We as believers have been commissioned to complete God-given assignments. Some of us are further along the journey than others, having more details or less. Today, as I venture out into the unknown with God, with faith as my guide, I see, in the spirit realm fountains of provisions welling up in my desert place. I remain perplexed as God has been waiting to manifest these fountains. And of course, I want things to happen now. What I am growing to understand is that suddenly does not equate to immediately, at least not to God. Suddenly means when you are ready, there will be no delay. Immediately implies a ready or not here it comes temperament, which is contrary to Gods character.
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9
2 Peter 3:9, refers to the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I trust that it also refers to all of Gods promises. If God in His majesty, gave some of us what we were asking, when we asked, it could destroy us. A perfect example is a person praying relentlessly for a spouse, but God knows the preparedness of the individual that is asking which is why he or she may or may not receive at the time of their asking. What about when we ask for things which line up with what God has already promised us? I’ve asked for provision for the vision that God has given me.
Repentantly, I realize that what I should be asking for is the manifestation of Gods glory in the work He has called me to do, integrity throughout every aspect of His work, and a continual fire for His word and His ways. The provision, that is the resources, connections, supplies, and such are waiting to be released with the promise. I’ve become fixated on the verb- ministry, vision in action, instead of the subject- the infallible God of the universe. When my perspective shifts back to God, I grow less weary, as I am no longer window-shopping for stuff, but rather, basking in the glory of The Almighty.
I believe that this is how the greats of faith, found in Hebrews 11 were able to endure to see promise fulfillment. The “how” isn’t the main idea, it is solely the Who. God. Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost. I’ve recently run out of steam for many of the tasks before me. Purely because I got giddy when I saw tangible evidence of God’s promises being manifested, this is not faith. On the surface, it may look like faith but deep down the message to God is, “Uhm, yeah, I really want to believe you, so show me some stuff then I will get “happy”, excited about your promises and run.” The running ceases when what God promised is no longer visible to our natural eye. Sometimes the running can turn and go in the other direction when what we see could not be more opposite of what God promised.
Glory to God! I will again, fix my eyes on Jesus. Not signs and wonders, Jesus did not go from town to town healing folk to show off what He can do. He demonstrated the power of God at work in Him, the Son, to draw others into relationship with Him. The essence of the promises, visions, signs and wonders that God has performed for us, yes they do still happen, are not so we can “ooh and ahh”, no, no, no. Jesus wants to strengthen our faith in WHO He is, thus fortifying our relationship with Him so that we can bring others to Him. We have salvation because of a once and for all sacrifice was made for us, by Jesus, for relationship, not amazement. Sure, it’s really cool when God opens doors, performs miracles, and heals us but those are verbs that point to a greater Who.
“Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Then Jesus left them and went away.” Matthew 16:4
In my weariness, I have learned that an improper focus will dim our lights, weaken our testimony, and slow us down in our callings to draw others to Christ. How do we get back on track? When did we get caught up in signs, losing sight of the Master? Perhaps, we many not recall the day and time we shifted our sight, it would help to know that detail or at least the surrounding events to prevent future deviations from God’s intent for us; however, it is not a deal breaker. To get back on track, simply fall in love with Jesus all over again. Not because He can make ways out of no ways, but because He is the Way. He gave His life for our filthiness. Because of His blood, we have a relationship with God.
““But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”” Luke 10:20
Disclaimer: There is nothing wrong with expecting, needing, and desiring a miracle. The issue arises when our relationship with God is focused solely on the sightings of miracles, signs, and wonders.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
True faith is manifested when we don’t see what we are believing God for and continue to love and trust Him regardless of the outcome. In fact, it is possible to grow closer to God in the absence of what your requesting. -Lady Jay
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