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“Waiting for God is incarnate unbelief. It means that I have no faith in Him. I wait for Him to do something in me that I may trust in that thing. God will not do it, because that is not the basis of the God-and-man relationship. Man has to go outside of himself in his covenant with God, just as God goes out of Himself in His covenant with man. It is a question of faith in God – the rarest thing; we have faith only in our feelings. I do not believe God unless He will give me something in my hand whereby I may know that I have it, then I say – “Now I believe.” There is no faith there. “Look unto Me, and be ye saved!” ~Oswald Chambers
Plainly put, Mr. Chambers is saying, “Waiting to see proof is not faith in action – it is faith that does not exist…belief that never was. We demand for God to do something for us. We say, “If you do this, I will trust you, I will believe you.” Yet our innermost being is waiting to trust in that act, and our Master wants us to trust in Him!”
Effortless faith. It is what we all wish life could consist of. “If only things were easier.” “If only this, if only that.” Life from our perspective could always be improved, and does it ever include suffering? Weariness? Loneliness? No way! Yet I am finding even now in my own life, that the best is found in the difficulty – the path that takes effort, that requires dedication, that requires a determination that is not beaten down by pain.
Jesus says, “You want evidence that I am trustworthy? You want something to look at before you have faith in me? Look up at that old, rugged, cross. Run to it. See the blood stains, hear my voice crying out “Why have you forsaken me?” That, my child, is all you need to know that you can trust.”
Why do we persist? A dear friend shared with me just days ago, that God often takes us out into the darkest nights of our souls to test the faith that is so materialized. And he says to you, and to me, “Will you trust me, when life gets so difficult that believing my trustworthiness is harder than ever before? The choice is yours.” Yet, I am persuaded that any sacrifice required must be made. For Jesus Christ is the only One who will remain the same yesterday, today, and forever. Forsake everything else, only not the tie that binds your heart to His. For faith that requires affliction is faith that will stand. It is faith that is real, and strong, and tested in the Refiner’s fire…faith that is worthy to hear “Well done, thou good, and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of thy Lord.” And that joy will come! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!