Posted by: New in Every Way | April 17, 2013

Good Connection, Signal Received

One of the best-loved hymns of all time, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by Joseph Medlicott Scriven, includes these words:

Satellite dish

O what peace we often forfeit, 

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.

May I suggest that the reason we don’t take everything to God in prayer, is because we aren’t convinced it will make much difference? . . . Ouch. Is God really that unconcerned? Are we really that incapable of believing him?

First of all, faith doesn’t make the promises of God materialize. God makes them happen. Faith is the pipeline through which we receive the blessings. Or the wire through which the electrical impulse travels. Or the receiver that tunes in to the satellite transmission.

Good news–we’re all equipped to receive answers from God to our prayers. In other words, no one is faith-challenged. We just lack understanding of how our faith equipment operates.

Here’s one key piece of information about faith. The “signal” of God’s blessings is always strong, but our faith connection can become faulty. You know, like when you can’t get on the Internet with your laptop because your WiFi connection is weak.

I say it can become faulty, because it’s not necessarily faulty to begin with. You might really have a glad expectation that God will help you, initially. But then it doesn’t seem to happen. 😦

What weakens the connection? Contrary thoughts. One minute thinking, “God said he would guide me”–the next minute thinking, “How will I know if it’s his voice? . . . yeah, you’re right, I’m going to have to figure this out by myself.”

It sets up static. James describes it this way:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 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. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:5-8).

Believing one minute and not the next, breaks up our connection with heaven.

Are you at the mercy of any doubting thought that pops into your brain? Actually, NO. If you hear unbelieving talk all the time, you probably have a lot of static in your faith connector. But you can eliminate the static by choosing to think about how gracious God is . . . that he does not lie . . . etc.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. . . .  And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9) .

It takes a while to change over from massive uncertainty . . . to a glimmer of hope . . .  to occasional flashes of confidence . . . to unshakeable faith. But, IT’S A JOURNEY WORTH MAKING. Yeah!

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