My 6 month old baby has this thing he does where he rolls off my chest whenever I put him on it for a cuddle or whatever. The very first time he did it was when he was about 6 weeks old, I thought it was my imagination but it became a regular occurrence and I couldn’t help but marvel at his fearlessness. He really doesn’t care where he is rolling off to, it can be the bed or the floor, it doesn’t matter to him. All he knows is that he wants to roll and he does. Luckily for him, I am always there to catch him so he has never had to find out how painful falling on the floor can get. It has now become a game that we play when we are on the bed and he loves it. Every time we play this game I always think about our relationship with God, mine to be precise. My son doesn’t just roll off anyone’s chest, he seems to know in whose arms he is safest and he seems to know that mama won’t let ANYTHING happen to him so he can take that risk.
I am reminded of the scripture that says: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”. I wonder why I am always so scared to trust God if I truly believe he is a father that loves me. My son never hesitates to jump out of my arms or roll off my chest. HE JUST MOVES. There is no doubt, no hesitation no confusion. HE JUST MOVES.
It makes me wonder why we are not the same in our relationship with our heavenly Father who created the heavens and the earth. The ALPHA AND THE OMEGA. Our healer, our comforter and provider. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The one who parted the seas so his children could walk through it. THIS IS WHO WE CALL ABBA, FATHER. Why then do we have so much doubt and fear and worry even after we call on him. Even when we pray, we won’t RISK making any moves at all JUST INCASE we fall or fail. We forget that our FAITH requires us to take action before we can see God at work.
It is even more interesting when we ask God for certain things but we have no expectations. In a previous post, I wrote about finding atheists interesting because they don’t believe there is a God and they think EVERYTHING depends on them. As I mused about this, the Holy Spirit said to me: “what actually makes you different? You claim to have a God that you trust but after you pray, you continue to worry and fret and look for all your own solutions. So why do you think you are different from an atheist”.
And I guess because I am struggling with this truth, I am sharing it with you too. It is pretty simple: “do we believe God is our Father or not?’ Do we believe he is able to do the impossible or not? Do we believe he is able to do abundantly more than we can ever hope for or not? Do we believe he loves us with an unfailingly love or not?
If your answers is “YES” then we should act like it. We should face that situation that has us up at night, laugh in its face and go to bed because: “I told my Daddy about it and he is going to handle it”. We shouldn’t pray and then continue to stay up for hours wondering: “who can I call ooooo”.
A friend of mine once said something very profound to me, she said: “our prayers should really be prayers of thanksgiving”. She said if we truly believe that God answers prayers, we should spend more time in thanksgiving than in asking for things. We should believe that as soon as we prayed we received an answer and make our moves based on that. There should be no second guessing, hesitating, doubting, worrying or anxiety. And that’s the truth. It shouldn’t matter how long it might take for us to see the response to our prayer, we should keep thanking God regardless. If we TRULY believe in God and KNOW him, we should know that this principle applies to us: “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
A major challenge for us is that we can’t control when or how the answers will come as God still has complete sovereignty over that but we can control how we respond while we wait. One scripture that I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS Confess no matter my situation is that: “I know everything will work out for my good” regardless of the detours and seeming disappointments. I just know how powerful my God is and how he is able to turn it all around into a testimony.
On the other hand, there is the person whose answer to my previous questions about believing in God as our loving Father might be “NO” and I will tell you a secret; that is fine too. You might not believe these things about God simply because you don’t know him and the mission for you is to get to KNOW HIM. Invest time, energy, even money into knowing this your INCREDIBLE Father. Get a bible or two with different versions, get some books, some dvds and LEARN about this incredible Father that we have. You can’t trust someone that you do not know so that should be our focus, getting to know this Father of ours.
I remember I was once in this situation where I said I was a Christian but knew VERY LITTLE and although I am STILL learning everyday, I had to take some steps to build a relationship with our beautiful Father. I did the Masterlife course at Guiding Light assembly. 24 WEEKS of learning and learning and learning. I went for Sorting Out. I listened to John Bevere’s teaching on the Holy Spirit everyday for about a month. I played the cds every single time I was in a car. I bought Kenneth Hagin’s: Prayer, Faith and Holy Spirit study courses. And most importantly I READ my bible, STUDIED it and MEDITATED on the word of God and the Holy Spirit made it ALIVE for me. I was just at a point of desperation. I wondered why some people seemed to have such a strong level of faith in God and I couldn’t even get an answered prayer. So I decided to dedicate as much of myself to knowing God intimately. Now it doesn’t mean I have it all figured out but it does mean that I TRULY TRULY believe in God the Father, Christ the son and the Holy Spirit: The Trinity of God. And the more I know, the more my faith grows. So if you aren’t sure, invest in this relationship.
I want to challenge myself (and you too) to REALLY TRUST GOD as innocently as my son trusts me. I want to be like my son and do things WITHOUT FEAR because I know I am secure in the arms of my father and he has told me: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8)