In earlier articles I wrote about waiting for the promise God has given me for my life and began describing the process that needs to take place for that promise to become reality. God has shown me that my promise is like a fine diamond, perfectly and exquisitly cut, shaped and polished into a remarkable gem. A diamond has many facets, each representing a step in the process for that lump of coal to become the beautiful stone it is destined to be. The next step, or facet, in this process I want to discuss is the pursuit. I realize this may sound contradictory. How do we wait and pursue at the same time? Such is the nature of faith. Yes, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, (Heb.11:1). But there is more. The word pursue implies an action or a ‘work’. There are ‘works’ we are expected to do, led by God, that are part of the process of our promise being fulfilled. A pastor friend of mine calls it putting feet to your faith. By faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice, by faith Noah prepared the ark, by faith Abraham obeyed and went out when he was called. All these are examples of works mixed with faith. Even having faith in itself involves a ‘work’ or an action as shown in Heb.11:6. “But 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 dilligently seek Him.
The word works means to toil, put forth an effort, an act. God is always faithful to do His part and there is a part for us to play also. Think of an orchestra and God is the conductor. He may have the most beautiful composition prepared, but nothing can happen unless the musicians are willing to pick up their instruments, follow His lead and play their parts. James 2:18 reads,” …Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” Verse 17 says,”Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Pretty strong. I heard of someone once who wanted to lose alot of weight. This person decided that ,by faith, they would pray and believe that God would melt the fat away as they slept at night. No exercise, no change in diet, just by faith. I hope they weren’t in a hurry. I’m sure this person had incredible faith for what they wanted, but were missing the point of faith without works. It just won’t work that way.
So, does this mean we go off on a tangent, doing all sorts of things to make our promise come into reality? No, no, no. Remember the timeline in the last article? God has a set time and order for all events to occur in the fulfilling of our promise. It is very important we don’t jump out ahead of Him. Our most important ‘work’ in this pursuit is prayer. He knows what’s next and will guide you. Psalm 37:23 reads, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” In my own promise there are people, places and events that all come into play and I have to trust God to move me along, in His time. A verse that helps me is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” I pray it helps you also.
By Yvonne Journey