From: Power For Today Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 3, May/June 2014. (c) 2014 Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. Published by Righteous Pen Publications.
In your walk with God, there will come a time when you can’t handle something you are facing. It is either too intimidating, too troubling, too painful, too scary, too hard, or too difficult, something will come your way that is beyond your reason and powers to address.
Sure, we love to show off our skills and powers of reasoning. We want people to know we can take on the day and do it better than they can; better than anyone can. Yet no matter how confident we are, able to handle general things we are, something at some point in time will come along that will be out of your control and beyond your ability to deal with it.
What do we do in situations like this? When challenges arise, the temptation is always there to throw your hands up in the air and give up, all together. I’ve been there. In fact, I will admit I’ve been there a lot in the past few months. Answered prayers lead to new challenges and even more ways to bring out our own personal limitations as we go along on this journey.
As I write this, what I am realizing is this is precisely the point where our faith comes in. The point is that we can’t do something, but God can do it. Our limitations are a humble reminder that we can do all things through Christ, but we cannot do all things in and of ourselves. It’s important to be competent, it’s great that we can handle things that come our way, but walking with God is about something different than that. It’s not about what we can do on our own, but about what God can do through us when we are willing, ready, and able to allow Him to do so.
I think humility is one of the hardest aspects of faith for us, as people. God brings us to a point where we are face-to-face with every limitation we have and makes us accept ourselves as fallible. When we say God is our provider, healer, deliverer, that means we are acknowledging those are things we cannot do for ourselves, no matter how competent, intelligent, or “earthly good” we may be.
We don’t want to accept faith and we do not allow God to work in our lives in a way that will transform and change us because doing so will mean we have to give up our own stubborn pride and yield to His direction.
Many of us let God in just enough to where we think it will make a difference in our lives and we can ride both sides of the fence. In this day and age, God is mandating we pick one side or the other, and stop riding the fence. The blessings aren’t going to be found as you sit on the fence. His promise, His joy, His peace, everything He provides – is located at the center of His will, wherein we walk in complete faith. No matter what we see, no matter how we may feel about what is ahead for us, no matter what we don’t see in the natural, faith is about learning to let God work within us and trusting that He knows many, many things we don’t.
It’s a blessing – and an honor – to be able to believe in God via relationship with Him that transforms us to a new level of faith and hope, in season and out. Faith is not just about things. It is also about being a part of God’s plan, even when you do not understand it (right now).
Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino