Sometimes God will do things to stretch you and your faith. For those of you who are logical and calculating, the idea of such tests is already cause for concern. As it is with everything in life, balance is necessary. So, while patience is a virtue, timing is also very important when it comes to being effective in your walk with God. There are times that you have to leap out and take risks. In this context, risk should be associated with the word FAITH. Sometimes God will call you to move on something, to do something unusual or believe Him for something extraordinary. When you are full of questions, uncertainty and concern, it prevents you from moving in a timely fashion.
Here is the challenge with waiting for perfect conditions: If you are only moving in the things of God that you fully understand, there will be times that you are not being totally effective for him. In Ecclesiastes 11:4, Solomon tells us that if we are looking at the wind all the time, waiting for this or that before we sow, we will miss the harvest. It is up to us to realize that God does not move in perfect conditions, nor does he expect us to wait for them to materialize. He is not looking for us only to be generous when we have plenty. God loves to challenge us with things to help us grow.
The bottom line with this entire challenge can be summed up in an acronym for FAITH that might be familiar to you: Forsaking All I Trust Him. This means I’m forsaking my own understanding, my own limitations, and my own history of failure or feelings of inadequacy. Believe that God wants the best for you and begin to act on His word, even when you don’t feel like it. Act according to His word even when it may not be clear what the outcome is going to be.
Hebrews 11:1 presents faith as something that has a timing element to it; NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Faith has a NOW requirement and expectation. Let’s move in boldness, assurance, and confidence that God is stirring in our hearts to take a risk and believe Him.