Believe and Praise

Wait with patient faith, with confident hope, with grateful praise. Look up at God in total trust, saying, “Shepherd, God, without Your intervention, I am HELPLESS! …Thank you so, so much that You are in control and that You love to grant good things to us.” For we can be assured that for those who love and serve Him, He works to bring about the best for us. Ps. 84:11 says, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” “Blameless?!” you say. Yes, we can be considered blameless in God’s sight –if our hearts are constantly turned toward Him in an attitude of humble obedience.

Ps. 145:19 says, “He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.” Thank Him that He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” (Eph. 3:20) Remind Him of His promises that tell us that “whatever we ask –we know that we have what we asked of Him.” (1 John 5:15) For our God is mighty to save. He is compassionate. He is forgiving. With Him as our Father, the calf is always the “fatted calf”, the robe is always the “best robe.” (See Luke 15:22,23) However, we must take our hands completely off the steering wheel. We must believe with certainty that we can rest in His hand –in His plan– and relax.

I, for one, want to always be willing and ready to do everything He tells me to do. However, I’m realizing that my eagerness can also become impatience or fretfulness. Like, “There’s got to be something more I can do about this,” when actually, I have absolutely NO idea what to do about it. And if I act in presumption, I could ruin everything. Let’s not forget what Abraham and Sarah did. They heard God correctly concerning the promise of a son, but then by getting impatient and trying to help God along, they added only trouble and harassments for themselves. (Gen. 21:8-13) Or think of how Moses, correctly impressed that he was to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, went ahead of God and killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave. (Ex. 2:11,12) Because of that act, God had to then send Moses to the wilderness for 40 years to wait there for God’s timing concerning the promised deliverance.

Yes, sometimes we are to stop talking and huddling and get out there on the field, but often our “deeds” are to praise, pray, wait, and trust as we continue serving at our present post. Until God Himself brings the promise our way, we are to do exactly as He’s had us doing. We are to remain faithful. Faithfulness is key. Then with His perfect timing, that promise or assignment or reconciliation or deliverance or healing, etc. will just fall into place, with joy, peace, provision, and the necessary strength. Let’s believe this to the point that we can actually see it with our spiritual eyes and praise Him for it –as well as for all His mighty workings! Thank Him that He is God and that He knows everything. Praise Him for His presence –that He stoops to listen –and care. Do you believe He is right there with you now? Examine your level of belief. If it’s low, ask for an abundance of it!

So, with certainty, confidence, and faith, may we all pray and praise without ceasing. For every single statement of faith to God is indeed piling up; not one is wasted. Believe it. And wait. JOYFULLY thank Him for what He is preparing for you! The promise may seem huge and impossible, beyond our ability to reason out how it could ever happen, but He wants us to leave the outworking entirely to Him. That actually should be easy. “You mean, God, that all we have to do is keep our eyes steadily on You and believe with grateful hearts?” “Hmmm…” speculate the doubters. “That just sounds a little too simple.”

Yet this is what TRUE Christianity is all about: CHILD-like faith. As Jesus says in Matt. 18:3– “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Yes, that can be difficult, especially for hardened, worried hearts which many people have allowed to grow within themselves. But the Holy Spirit can change us, and He wants to! It’s a simple thing for HIM! As God says in Jer. 32:27, “I Am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” The answer is: “Absolutely NOT!”

“Then they believed His promises and sang His praise.” (Ps. 106:12)

Let’s believe. And praise.

Love in Christ,


~ by smilesback on August 25, 2009.

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