“Yes, you must have faith but you also have to be practical.”
Have you ever heard that? I have so many times. It is the curse of many Christians, to live a life never fully knowing the fullness that comes with trusting God totally and completely. The world says we must be practical. The system of it, says that for you to achieve everything you must slave away and depend on yourself.
So often in the bible, God would take seemingly insignificant people and ask them to accomplish a task they thought they had no ability to do. Added to that, God would remove as much of the resources at their disposal so that in the end all of the glory would go to Him.
Faith requires work but as Paul said “we must work to get into the rest” of God. That is the work that should occupy our days. This is no easy struggle but if we are to live successfully in the times that now exist and are coming we must live only by faith. The just shall live by faith. There is no other way. There is no middle ground.
This can be hard when the bills are due and you are believing God to make away. In these times we must say like Job “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” We must count our lives, our name, our children as nothing for the sake of claiming the prize ahead. Jesus promised that noone that forsook house, land, mother, children for the gospel’s sake would not in this life be rewarded 100 times over.
Satan promises instant gratification. The knowledge that you get an honest days work for an honest days pay. God on the other hand operates on a long term plan. Invest today and you will reap eventually. Satan’s plan seems more appealing but their is much fear attached to this method of living. Because it means that only when you work will you receive. God has an investment plan that pays even in moments when the chips are down and you cannot physically care for yourself. God wants all His children to live this way.
Jesus said when we seek first the Kingdom way of living, all we need will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). Our focus must be living by faith and then the needs (where we live, how we will eat, what we will put on) comes to us as God provides.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”- Romans 12:2
It doesn’t get more practical than that.