“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – James 2:17
I found my daughter’s pride ring today, after a year of thinking it was gone. I prayed and prayed for God to help me find it, and then I waited in faith. I eventually gave up after searching high and low, and pronounced it gone.
It was only when I went to vacuum under my bed, and really do a good job of it, that I saw that shiny gold ring sitting there, amidst the dust bunnies and dog hair that had accumulated. I was overcome with Joy! I thanked God over and over, that my ring had been returned to me. It was precious to me because I am not with my family all of the time as they live in a different province, and also my mother had passed away a few years ago. She had always wanted to give me her wedding rings when she died; however, she too had done the unthinkable, and lost them.
What I thought was long gone, had finally been returned to me! I always clung to the hope that it would. But then I got to thinking. You can have faith in God to help you do something, but if you don’t take the necessary actions, what is the point? God gave us eyes, ears, hands and feet for a reason. Faith is only the fuel, but once the tank is full you have to step on the gas to get things going.
Sometimes it’s a matter of clearing the clutter out of your life to make room for the miracle, or even see the miracle. Vacuum under the bed! Had I only have listened to that still small voice. Sometimes we aren’t open to receive what God is going to give us, because we lack faith, and sometimes we are just lazy. Sometimes you are sleeping on your miracle!
Terah, Abrams father, was half way to his miracle, but he found comfort in the setting he was in, and decided to settle in Haran and died there. Abram knew there was more ahead, even though it was easier to stay, he had faith that God was going to lead him to something even greater. He just had to step out of his comfort zone in faith.
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
Do not fall asleep on the brink of your miracle! Geographic change can bring about provision, spiritual growth, and miracles! If Elijah did not go to the correct place God instructed, he may never have been fed. We must be careful to listen to the voice of God. If things seem out of control, it could be that God is trying to make you move and do something, or He is trying to gain your attention.
“And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” 1 Kings 17:6
When I lost my job nearly a decade ago, I was in a pretty deep depression. It wasn’t long before that my mother passed away. I felt like everything was just going wrong all at once. I had no idea how I was going to pay my bills and I was 100 percent Debbie Downer to all that would listen. It wasn’t until I dusted myself off and had nothing left to lose, but to trust God, that I started to pray. The next morning I grabbed a newspaper and started looking for jobs, and a specific ad seemed to be highlighted. It was an opportunity to go back to school for people who had been laid off, and have it 100 percent paid for. I went to the information session and found that I wasn’t laid off long enough to qualify. But, they saw the desperation of my situation and cut corners to make it possible. Out of this opportunity I went to school for a year, and obtained employment at a nursing home, where I not only met my husband and some dear friends, but I grew as a person through helping other people.
I still had the problem of not having enough money to pay my rent. Well I prayed again, since God had answered the first issue. I went to get my mail, and it was addressed from a complete stranger. In it was six hundred dollars and a note that said “God spoke to me to give this to you.” Please don’t tell me this was not God! He made a way where there was no way, in response to my faith. Praise God!
It gives God a chance to show you who He is. It may not be a physical move: it could be changing jobs, going back to school, joining a bible study, doing something to help someone else, or just trusting God’s directions for a specific circumstance in your life. The possibilities are endless! But faith without action is dead in the water. Wake up! God has something great in store for your life.
“Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world.” – Nelson Mandela