One evening, I asked my Bible study group what they would think if the building we were in started shaking suddenly due to an earthquake and I just calmly said “Guys, let’s carry on, it will be fine”,
We concluded that it would be one of two things.
- I had lost my mind and was trying to get everyone killed.
- I had extra information about the hurricane and I had been assured of my safety and that of those who were with me (some action movie vibes, but you get the idea)
We say knowledge is power, but I think we mean that privileged knowledge is power. As citizens of God’s kingdom, our privileged knowledge is the Word of God and complete understanding and revelation of it make us literally unstoppable. God bless you as you read.
Last week, I wrote about God’s waiting room and the understanding that we are waiting with Him and not for Him. He is right there in the waiting room with us. Through all the long nights and tears, He right beside us waiting for the word that He has sent forth to come to pass. But this week I wanted to put a bit more flesh to the topic from another dimension. As I believe that the last post touched on the loving God and not wanting to turn our backs on Him when He asks us to be patient.
So, let’s complete the trio with faith and hope
Faith, Hope and Love – against these three nothing in this world stands a chance.
How do they tie in with waiting for an answer to prayer or waiting for a breakthrough?
Let’s get some definitions sorted…
Faith- A divine persuasion that fuels patience and motivates obedient action.
Hope- An expectation.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
The bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for. This means to have hope you must have faith. The same way, it is not a “leather bag” if it’s not made of “leather”, so also, it’s not “God’s kind of hope” if it is not made of “God’s kind of faith”.
I’ll explain it further this way, in order to expect something, someone, I must be persuaded of their willingness, capacity and integrity (let’s keep these three things in mind)
If we look at the case of parents promising their daughter a car. In most cases, the daughter can even start shopping for her key ring and car air freshener because she knows that her parents are willing because they love her very much, they are financially capable and have been consistent in delivering in their promises over the years. Therefore, she is persuaded and can be expectant.
This is why we need faith and hope as we wait for our prayers to be answered. As this prevents us from getting frustrated while waiting.
“So how do we then get faith? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
When we look through the bible and see the things that mighty men of faith did (Hebrews 11 is a wonderful summary), it becomes obvious that faith is much more than simple human belief, there must be a divine element to it.
I mean how does a man believe that his 90-year-old wife can give birth to a child (Abraham) or how does a man stand and tell the sun not to set (Joshua). It has to be more than human belief.
Faith comes as we engage with the word of God by studying, listening and understanding
Remember our three points of persuasion, willingness, capacity, integrity
As we go engage with the word of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we see
- His willingness is expressed through the numerous promises that He has made to us
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. Psalm 2:8 [NLT]
- His capability is obvious through the wondrous works of His power.
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 [NIV]
- His integrity testified by His track record of faithfulness to mere men.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9 [NIV]
This is why we need to study the word of God intentionally so that we see His character and understand how He works. The word of God is our inside information, it is our rock. It keeps us standing when everything seems to be falling apart. It is this word that keeps us rest assured in God’s waiting room.
God wants to do it, He can do it, He has always done it. Therefore, we know that the next time will not be different.
The word of God empowers the wait, Always wait with the Word.
God bless you. Thank you very much for reading.
Written by Ayowade Adeleye (Through the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit)