By: Samantha Lou
Go; tell it on the mountains,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountains
That Jesus Christ is born.
Yes, indeed we should have this joy and sense of urgency when it comes to telling our unsaved love ones about God as we do not know when each breath may be our last. Just last week, I lost another of my friends to cancer although he was actually recovering. The loss of our friends is sad, but the thing that makes it sadder is that they have yet to know God. So let’s pray earnestly and do not be discouraged!
No matter how much doubts you have, remember:
- YOU DO YOUR BEST…
I saw this little excerpt and just wanted to share.
God expects us to do all we can, and then He will do what we can’t! When Jesus went to raise Lazarus from the dead, He told the people “Roll ye away the stone!” (John 11:39) He could have made Lazarus walk right through the stone, so why did they have to roll it away?–Rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb was something they could do. They couldn’t raise him from the dead, but they could roll the stone away!
God’s not always going to do it for you when you can do it for yourself! He said to Moses, “What is that in thine hand?” (Exo.4:2) He usually lets you do what you CAN do, and then He does what you can’t do. Jesus said, “seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you, ask and ye shall receive.” (Mat.7:7,8) If you don’t go around looking, you’re not going to find. Maybe all nine doors are shut and you’re only going to find one open, but are you just going to sit there and say, “Lord, reveal it to me”?–No! God expects you to put feet to your prayers, get out and do a little hoofing and look!
If you know you’re doing your best, God will be there for you, some of the most amazing things you could possibly imagine can happen! “So help us, Lord, to do our part and obey! Then we know you will do the rest!”
- …and LEAVE THE REST TO GOD! (:
Waiting is an essential part of faith. As the Book of Hebrews says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and being certain of what we do not see” (11:1). Faith is believing something that is invisible, something that may not happen immediately. Do we, when we pray about something, fully feel the peace that God will, in his sovereign power, see us through our difficulties or give us wisdom to make wise decisions? Many a time, yes, we do pray but we do not have the faith to believe that God will see us through. Or we get disillusioned that God doesn’t really care. So what happens? We make a “Hagar Mistake”. [Gen 16: 1-16] Like Sarai, sometimes we take matters into our own hands, not knowing the consequences. Although our decision might not have the same scale of consequences as sarai, we should always keep in faith and rest assured in God’s timing and provision.
- GOD MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME
Yes, indeed. God answers prayer in his OWN TIME. So, there’s no point feeling all frustrated and hassled just because you don’t get answers within the time you want!
Faith demands that we wait for God’s time which is hard in our fast food society where instant gratification is placed in priority.
Unfortunately, this has an effect on our practice of faith. We expect instant spirituality – instant transformation of our flesh and soul without the discipline of daily quiet time with God, instant growth into maturity without the pain of waiting for God’s time, and instant growth of our ministry without prayer and fasting for God’s kingdom. Yet waiting for God is an authentic reality of faith. We cannot jump over the time of waiting.
God’s perfect timing might take us by surprise. God is in control, not us. Hence let’s all watch and pray in faith, knowing that God has perfect control, He knows the future and be assured in His bountiful love and grace for us.
So, with all these, let’s pray ceaselessly with our eyes fixed on Jesus as we run our race, resting assuredly that God will provide and if God is for us, who can be against us? (:
By: Samantha Lou