What If …

Bill Brinkworth

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6

We are to use common sense in our decision-making, but many times we rely more on our own choices than those of the Lord.  For a Christian,there needs to be a correct balance in doing what we want, living by faith, and patiently allowing God to show us His way and provide our needs.

Unfortunately, many seek God’s direction infrequently, do not live by faith, and constantly push God out of their life.  Some signs of a Christian’s lack of faith and lack of waiting on the Lord are when a Christian thinks:

We are to use common sense and to have a proper balance using discernment the Lord has also allowed us to have, but at all times we are to live by faith.  God would not command us to live the way He has without its being obtainable.  Living by faith and doing what He has said, can be done; and it will produce a better life for one that seeks and obeys God in all he does.

God can provide a godly mate for a Christian that will wait patiently on God’s timing.  God can provide Christian friends who are the proper influences. God can meet your financial needs when you make tithing and Christian education a priority.  God can use you to lead others to the Lord and protect you from any dangers or problems you perceive could happen when telling others about the Lord. God can help you with personal temptations you face in your life.  There is nothing God cannot help you with, if you make the first step of faith in allowing Him to lead you and WAIT patiently for Him to work in your life.

Make God your plan A, plan B, plan C …. Sometimes God may change the direction you think you should be going, because it may never have been His intention in the beginning, or it was only a direction for a certain amount of time. It is God that desires to use those that have a desire to be led.  A God-directed Christian will never be sorry, if they scripturally live by faith.

 “No reserves.  No retreats.  No regrets.” — William Borden, Missionary

This article was featured in The Bible View #397.

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