God created humans with the ability to know the future. Not always in a prophetic way – most of the time, this ability comes out of the recognition of themes and patterns thoughout life.
Put another way – we know what’s going to happen based on a memory of what has happened before (in similar circumstances).
Whether it is prophetic or not, if you know what will happen in a situation then the smart thing to do would be to act according to the future that you have the ability to see.
I’ll use a personal example – whenever I make a chocolate pie, I usually have to make it twice because the first batch will usually burn. My past experiences tell me that if I stop stirring the pudding that is cooking then the pudding will burn. But for some reason, I always find myself too busy in the kitchen and I walk away from the stove. And then the pudding will burn and I have to make it again. The second time I make the chocolate pie filling, it will turn out perfect because I kept stirring instead of walking away.
This is just one example. I’m sure you have your own example, too.
It seems kind of dumb to know what will happen and then to still fall down when the prediction comes to pass. But it happens. Sometimes we all lose sight of something. Sometimes we get distracted.
It really comes down to how important it is to you. I’m sure if I was making that chocolate pie for Jesus Christ, it would have gotten 100% of my best effort 🙂
The title of this content is “Faith as an Action Verb.” That means that when you have faith that something will happen, that knowledge will cause you to spring into action to prepare for what’s coming. If you know that Christmas is coming, you will definitely buy gifts before December 25th. That’s having faith that the Earth will still be here on December 25th and acting on the assumption that you’ll get an opportunity to give gifts.
When you believe something, you’ll make sure that you are ready for it (if you’re smart!)
Now, this also brings up the subject matter of one of the most controversial verses in The Holy Bible. If you know the book of James, you know the one:
James 2:26 (NIV)
“As the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without deeds is dead.”
I’ve seen people actively hate this verse because they think it means that they have to do work to get into heaven. But it doesn’t say that anywhere! That’s the thinking of “bottom of the barrel Christianity” They want to do enough to just get into heaven, and that’s it.
But we are not in heaven yet so what about life here on Earth?
If you don’t recognize how God sounds or what God feels like then you may call it your intuition.
“Something told me to leave the party early” and it’s that something that ends up saving your life.
We’ve also heard the phrase A test of Faith. But what does that really mean? It means that you’re acting on something that you feel called to do, even if you don’t know exactly why.
Let’s use Abraham as an example because James says that Abe was a friend of God and a friend of God is a friend of me as well!
Before Abraham knew God, God told him to move to a new country and Abraham did so. He didn’t over-think or ask too many questions, he acted on Faith. And then later on, Abraham acting faithfully opened the door for God to do more cool things in his life.
What we can learn from here, as we see over and over in The Holy Bible, is that acting on faith will open the door for God to do some new things in your life.
Today, the charge I leave you with is to take action when you can. If you’ve been meaning to clean out your car, then go ahead and do it – You may be making room for another blessing to come into your life.
The same is true if you have an untrustworthy friend in your life. If you’ve been knowing that someone is a bad friend for you, don’t wait until they hurt you. Go ahead and let them go now.
Something that seems to always be true – we are better off when we act on faith rather than waiting. Sometimes, waiting is the same as being left behind!
Don’t get left behind!
Thank you God for giving us opportunities to get ahead in life.