Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Without Faith

"Without faith it is impossible to please God" Heb 11:6. If we believe this to be true then there are lots of times in our lives that we need to stop and readjust our thinking. If this is true then there is no reason to precede with anything unless we are having faith in God.

This thought came to me this morning as I was filling out some applications for support, and this little voice in my head said "Why am I doing this, there is no way these churches are going to support us." The moment this crossed my mind this verse immediately followed and I realized that I needed to stop because I realized that I did not have faith that God was completely in control. If you asked me if I thought He was in control I would tell you yes, but at that moment I was not living it.
If I was not living it then I was not pleasing God, and I realized that there was no point in continuing if I was not pleasing Him. Nothing is worth doing if it is not pleasing to Him.

I have and still need to realize that it is not me that qualifies me for service as a missionary it is God, and if God has called me then He alone will provide me with success as a missionary. Not success as the world may see it, but success in His eyes. Whether a church turns me down or not does not determine my calling. It does not matter how much or how little experience or education I have. The goodness of anything we do is determined by God's call on our lives and nothing else. If you are called to do something and your first thought is "I will get everything in order and then I will do it" then ask yourself if that is what God wants you to do. If you don't have the money don't jump to thinking that I have to wait until I do. Ask God if He wants you to wait. If the answer is yes then wait, if no then please don't hesitate. Every moment you hesitate will be a moment you are not pleasing God.

All that matters is that we are faithfully proceding with what God wants me to do. From a human perspective it might make no since at all, but isn't that the point. How are we to procede with faith if all we did was rely on our human understanding and what we see as possible. To God nothing is an obstacle. Not money, education, experience or anything that you think is a barrier to what God has called you to.

-- Daniel

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