One bright Saturday, I was on my way to get fuel and prior to that, I had been thinking, albeit overthinking an issue. I tried to imagine what could save me from the situation I was in. In my frustration, I cried out to God and asked “Father, what should I do” I could bet that God had been waiting for me to ask that question cos the moment I asked, the answer came “believe”. Immediately following the one-word response was a Bible reference that seemed to be playing in my mind: Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent”.
To be honest, I felt that was simple. In fact, TOO SIMPLE! So, I dragged my feet and went back home. The more I thought about this, the more I concluded that it was too simple a solution, like “believe”. Just ‘believe’. That’s all? I struggled and struggled with the simple instruction.
While I was at it, God asked me “Okay! Did you notice that most of the miracles Jesus performed in the Bible were associated with believing? Did you notice that He seldom asked them to do anything else but continually asked and asked “do you believe that I’m able to do this?”. I nodded and said “yes Lord”. Then He continued “If He didn’t ask them to do more than that, why would you think He would ask you to do anything other than believing?”. Honestly, I didn’t have an answer. I was just there thinking about that wisdom full question. Few days later, I took time to go through some of the verses where Jesus performed miracles. Permit me to share one:
Remember the story of a ruler recorded in Luke whose child was sick? He had gone to tell Jesus about his daughter and Jesus as usual was ready to heal the sick child. While on their way, someone I’ll like to call “Gbeborun”, ran to meet the ruler and told him not to “bother the master”, because the ruler’s daughter was now dead. “But Jesus, on hearing this, answered him: ‘Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe (in me as able to do this), and she shall be made well’.
After going through this and other reference verses, I realized that it was VERY true and couldn’t stop asking myself “why do you think God would ask you to do anything other than believing?” Perhaps you need to ask yourself the same question 🙂 .
I’m learning now that believing is actually not the easiest thing to do especially because God usually asks us to “believe”, when human reason for hope is gone. When the situation looks bleak and very impossible. When every indication points to the same thing: this has now gone beyond redemption.
Here’s a good example of the kind of situation I’m trying to illustrate “[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb”.
Before you read on, please pause and think about this line again: “He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body”.
Is God asking you to believe when the situation looks ‘dead already’? And in your mind, you’re trying to convince God to see reasons ‘Lord, I’d rather just give up. It’s no longer possible?’
If you find yourself in this kind of situation, I’ll ask you to please do two things:
First thing, stop considering the utter impotence of your own body. Stop considering the very reasons why the situation cannot turn around.
Second thing is to imagine what it takes to part the red sea. Imagine what it takes to set ablaze a trench drenched with water. Imagine what it takes to bring back a dead man to life. Then now imagine the God who made these things happen – and believe that He will come through for you as promised.
That’s not too much to ask. Is it? 😉
*Gbeborun is a Yoruba term for – A person who passes information carelessly without been asked. LOL