What Are You Believing God For?
James 2:14 “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”
So many times we as believers say we have faith, that we trust God, but our actions indicate something else. A few years back the movie “Facing the Giants” came out. There is a scene in the movie where the coach, Grant Taylor, is talking with Mr. Bridges, a man who prayed in the halls daily for revival to break out in the school. Mr. Bridges tells Coach Taylor this story:
Mr. Bridges: “Grant, I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain. But only one farmer went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain!”
Coach Taylor: “The one that prepared his fields for it.”
Mr. Bridges: “Which one are you? God will send the rain when He’s ready. And you need to prepare your field to receive it.”
I think Mr. Bridges advice to Coach Taylor applies to all of us. Are we the person who is trusting in God and preparing our fields to receive the rain or the one who just has wishful thinking? Take some time today and reflex on the things you have been believing God for. What steps are you taking in preparation to receive God’s answer?
The Bible is filled with stories of men and women of great faith. Each one though looked foolish and crazy to the outside world until God answered.
Noah spent 100 years building the ark and people thought he was a fool or crazy until the rains came.
People thought David was a fool and crazy when this young boy went out to face an almost 10 foot battle-hardened giant until the giant came crashing to the ground felled by David’s slingshot.
People may think a person walking around in a rain coat and umbrella or a farmer planting his fields during a drought may be a fool or crazy until the rain comes.
Don’t worry what others may think of you. Great faith requires taking a step of action, it requires us moving and doing our part. God will send the rain when he is ready, we just need to prepare our fields to receive it.