James 2:14, 19, 24 and 26 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, what good is it if someone claims to have faith but demonstrates no good works to prove it? How could this kind of faith save anyone?… You can believe all you want that there is one true God, that’s wonderful! But even the demons know this and tremble with fear before him, yet they’re unchanged—they remain demons…. So now it’s clear that a person is seen as righteous in God’s eyes not merely by faith alone, but by his works… For just as a human body without the spirit is a dead corpse, so faith without the expression of good works is dead!”
Last week we looked at this aspect of how Abraham’s faith was made complete by his works. I wanted to continue with that this week. I feel like there are many believers who are sitting on dreams, businesses, inventions, books, ideas and are not doing anything about them. Faith requires us to take action but I have heard this so many times, “I’m just waiting on God”. My question to you is, “You are waiting on God to do what? i.e. What is it that you are waiting on God to do?”
It is easy for anyone to sit on their hands and put the onus or obligation to do something on someone else. In Judges 6:11-16 we have the beginning of the story of Gideon. It says in verses 13-14 ““Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” 15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied…”
We find Gideon doubting that God was with Israel. Doubting the stories he had been told about this awesome God who performed all the wondrous miracles and rescued Israel. Israel was in trouble and Gideon was having an internal conflict when the angel of the Lord appeared to him, that’s where we pick up the above text. I like how Gideon was told to go with the strength he had and rescue Israel. Essentially, God told him to do something about his problem. He was waiting on God but it turns out God was waiting on him.
It’s about time we stop with the excuses. We all have them lined up. Gideon did not ask for a few days to consider what was being said, he had a “But Lord…” ready. He had an excuse ready maybe even before the angel finished speaking. He had a list of reasons why he could not do what he needed to do. We all have our lists of excuses. Some have tried before and failed. For some it didn’t go as planned before. Whilst others are so afraid of failure that they have never started. The reasons behind these can be endless can go back to the day you were born but they are irrelevant.
You have God on your side. Put your faith into action and begin doing what needs to be done to get started. Start making plans and making moves. Pray that God shows you what step you need to take and when He does as scary, daring or uncertain as it may be, take it. I’m sure Abraham was trembling all the way to the mountain in Genesis 22. Three days he was walking, uncertain of what would happen on the mountain but fully convinced that God was with him and He would provide what was needed. Let’s use our faith and step into the things God has called us into.
Love and blessings