LATJ: When Little is Much

15 12 2009

You may have heard someone say something like “God, if you will just do this one thing for me then I will believe.” Or, “God, if you will do this for me then I will do whatever you want me to do.” You may have even said that yourself. The thinking is that if God will bless us in some way then we will do something for God. But that is not faith. That is just “you do something for me and I’ll do something for you.” Faith says that we will do what God wants us to do with no expectation other than that God will use it for His purpose. We want to be blessed before we act. In reality, God is waiting for us to take the step of faith so that He can bless us.

In this chapter, we are reminded of this order when Jack says “in order to receive the food He would provide, the crowd needed to obey Him and sit down.” It wasn’t until after the crowd obeyed that Jesus provided for their needs. It is also important to note that both faith and patience are required. Faith reminds us that God will do what He promises (He has kept ALL of His promises). Patience is needed because we are only seeing part of the picture. God, in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, will fulfill His promises at just the right time. So while we are obedient we should not always expect to see immediate results. In fact, we may never actually see the results ourselves. But our part in faith tells us that God will take care of the results. While it’s true that faith produces patience, our patience will also strengthen our faith. In those times when it does take a while before we see the blessings of God, our faith grows as we wait expectantly for the full workings of God to be completed.

Paul encourages us to remember this in Hebrews 10:35-37: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.’” Knowing that God always delivers on His promises should encourage us through every situation. Remember that God is never early, He is never late, He is always right on time.

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