I was preparing for an important programme sometime ago and I had been praying to God for the success of the programme for several weeks. The date drew closer and I kinda became nervous about how the programme would turn out with every passing day.
I therefore decided in my heart about four days to the programme that I was going to engage in a three – day fast.
Lo and behold, I heard something spoken to my spirit that changed my life forever.
“I already settled this issue. It is not your fasting that will make the programme successful. I gave you the mandate and I will not leave you comfortless”
That was it. I didn’t even fast for half a day up until the date of the programme. You know I like food before. No jokes, God blew my mind. He even exceeded my expectations.
Here’s the point:
Fast but don’t put your faith in the fast to deliver you.
Pray but don’t put your faith in the prayer to give you a breakthrough.
Dress well but don’t put your faith in your good looks to keep your husband.
Study hard but don’t put your faith in your ability to make you successful.
Put your faith in God alone.
And be reminded of this fact:
The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT)
This is in no way undermining the importance of work in conjunction with faith.
However, we must always be reminded that God’s love never fails. His love is what keeps us and brings all the good things our way. We are indeed saved by grace. And because He honours His Word more than His name, He will bring to pass His purpose for us anyway.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:19 NLT)
- OMOSEBI Mary Omolola (PhD)
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