“Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing…”
– Hebrews 11:13
How strong is your faith in God? Honestly, take a second and sincerely ask yourself that question? Do you just trust God with the little things? Or does your faith reach beyond to unknown territories? I have found that the hardest tests of my faith in God have come at the times when I was unsure of my next step or entering an unknown environment. The Bible is full of God’s promises to us, if we only choose to trust and rely on Him, but how many times do we sacrifice those promises?
A lot of times we try it our own way because it feels more comfortable, or that we can speed the process up and make things easier on our own. Imagine planting your own garden. You have no experience in gardening, whatsoever, but you decide to give it a try. In fact, you ask a farmer for some guidance and he offers to help you get your garden going. Finally, everything is planted, and now all that is left is to wait. The farmer says that if you need any help to let him know. As time goes by you realize that things aren’t growing as fast as you expected, and you decide to intervene. You think maybe if I water them more frequently or brush the dirt off the top they might grow quicker. There must be something you can do to speed this process up. Eventually, as a last resort, you ask the farmer to come over and help you out, and when he arrives he says that he wishes you called him sooner. Growth takes time and you have to be patient. When all was said and done, your bright ideas trampled your garden. So many times, rather than asking God for help or trusting Him and waiting patiently, we try to do things on our own.
Our ideas end up moving us further away from God’s promises and sabotaging our own success. In Hebrews 11:13, it shows that we need to build our faith in God until our trust in God exceeds our worldly expectations. We need our faith in God to be so strong that if God’s outcome is not our expected outcome, we can accept it as His will for our lives.
In what ways do you get in the way of God’s process in your life?
Stay Strong and Carry On,