About a year ago, I taught the little one to say “eat” when he wants food. Till date, he has not stopped saying “eat” whenever he is hungry and almost every morning I wake up to a small innocent voice saying “mommy, eat”…. The little one would say “mommy, eat”, “eat, eat….” or “daddy, eat” until someone gets him food.
The little one has no plan B at this age. All he knows is that we told him to say “eat” and food manifests. All he knows is that mommy or daddy will provide food. He is not concerned about the economic impact of COVID-19. He does not think about anything that may interfere with his access to food when he tells his parents “eat, eat, eat……”. The little one has faith in his parents and the keyword we have given him, “eat”.
I love that the little one has this kind of faith at an early age. I see myself in him and his dependent nature shows me what faith is truly about. I do not usually have a plan B when I pray to God about a situation. Like the little one, I get stuck on what the Bible says about my circumstances. Having a plan B after asking God to intervene according to His Word is not my thing. We should never claim to be waiting on God or trusting in God while making other plans in case God does not intervene.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:6-7 (KJV)
When I seek God about a situation and He gives me His Word to hold onto, that’s it for me. I do not think about “what if God does not do it”…. Have I had situations where I prayed for God to grant my heart’s desire but He did not despite putting all my hope in Him? Yes, I have. In those situations, I was glad that I put my trust in God completely and I had peace that the outcome of the situation was God’s best for my life. Those moments were painful but I am glad I gave my all in believing.
I have made up my mind that my disappointments and the disappointments/limitations of fellow Christians will never determine what I believe about the Bible. This is my mindset as a Christian: if the Bible said it, Jesus said it or did it and the apostles did it, then it is possible. I do not care about anyone else’s negative experience, I want what God says I can experience. I do not prepare my mind for failure and if it ever shows up, I would not know because I believe that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
To accept anything less than what the Bible promises is to have a plan B. It is to believe that some things are impossible for God. Like the little one holds on the word, “eat” in the ears of his parents to activate the delivery of food, I will always hold on to God’s word to activate the delivery of every promise God has for me as His child.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
Faith is total dependence on God and God is His Word. We can model faith and trust to our children by keeping our words. Our relationship with them impacts how they view the heavenly father.
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