“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 NIV
It’s hard to believe and not doubt when you’re in the middle of a crisis. You may be faced with unbelievable pressurized project deadlines, ‘own-way hard-ears’ children or the threat of being job-less as you watch others from your department go home never to come back. Your significant other may be cheating on you or a co-worker might be fabricating ‘a different truth’ to your executives re: your perceived lack of commitment at work as they vie for promotion.
We pray and ask God for help but deep in our heart of hearts we wonder if He is even hearing us … it’s just soooooo very quiet in the darkness as we wait for Him to come through for us. When I was little, my granny would comment from time to time that “God doesn’t sleep!” but as I grew older I felt that His nap times were way too long in certain circumstances. I wanted action and I wanted it now, complete with the lightning and thunder which I assumed accompanied a “Road to Damascas” type of experience.
Yet, it’s the faith we need when we pray that’s most important. When I read the bible verse last week in one of my devotions, it included supporting info about a man called George Mueller. You can read more about George (by clicking on the highlighted text) but the excerpt below is where we need to pay attention:
“The children are dressed and ready for school. But there is no food for them to eat,” the housemother of the orphanage informed George Mueller. George asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited. George knew God would provide food for the children as he always did. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Mueller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.”
Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.
Do you have goose bumps from reading this too? I certainly do … but what amazing awesome faith! I definitely have a long long way to go but there’s no time like the present to put some action behind my belief. The interesting thing I learnt about George Mueller as well is that he not only prayed, he made notes as to the dates he prayed and what he prayed for along with the corresponding dates and comments on when the prayers were answered. That’s a whole new level of faith indeed.
So I’m off to update my prayer journal now and will keep you posted but until then, here’s wishing you a prayerful faithful week ahead because without a shadow of doubt your increase is coming :)
“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” Voltaire