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Faith, Action, Obedience, and Miracles
Faith, Action, Obedience, and Miracles—a challenge for 2013
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (NASB)
Hebrews 11:27 By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (KJV)
SEEING him who is invisible”? Is that not a contradiction in terms? Is this saying that “pleasing” God is impossible? Pastor David Asscherick has a powerful presentation about the meaning of faith, in his sermon at the 2006 General Youth Conference, “Eyes Wide Shut.” If you have not heard this sermon, it is posted on vimeo at the following address:   http://vimeo.com/23170691
David’s point is that faith is seeing what God sees. Hebrews 11, the “faith” chapter, presents over and over the point that when people hear what God says, what God commands, and what God promises, that the only way to take hold of God’s Word is to refuse to be distracted by what you can “see” around you, and to look at what God sees—what He says in His Word. In short, Faith has only one form of expression—ACTION that is obedient to, and consistent with what God has declared.
It seems that far too often, when our environment, our circumstances, and/or our feelings present us a worrisome picture, or a picture that does not encourage us to trust what God says, that we decide that we must DO something to take control of the situation. We, too often, forget that God has plans, for us, that are incredibly wonderful. God promises:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
It is, however, also God’s plan to demonstrate to the universe of unfallen beings that when He takes on the responsibility of saving us, that we will indeed be safe to include in heaven’s eternity. He purposes to demonstrate that through His energizing power and promptings that we will establish a pattern and lifestyle of trusting and obeying God, even when our earthly supports are gone. God takes the initiative to work for us often enough, in ways that we wish, so that we will learn to trust Him. Yet His goal is for us to trust and obey Him even when His plans, and His purposes for us are so much beyond our sight, or even imagination that we don’t even know for what we should wish. It is at such times, that God often waits on the other side of a miracle, a miracle that He is planning, a miracle that He wants to work for us. He waits for us to demonstrate that we are willing to obey and trust Him even if we can’t see any possible good in taking the action that He is calling us to take.
Do you want to see God’s miracle(s)? God is still the God of miracles. He is just as omnipotent today as He ever has been. The miracles of old are still just as possible today as at any time in the past. Are you willing to free God to work His miracles by trusting Him and stepping out in obedience to His direction? Let’s make 2013 a year for “pleasing God” by demonstrating faith in the wonderful plans that He sees and declares for our future.
--Alden Olmsted
Updated: Apr 11, 2013