Romans 4.17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God in whom he believed –the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
God wants to be trusted with the big things, not just the small stuff… and this means things that shape our destiny. They include where we choose to work and not just asking God to help you pass the interview, or does he want you in that companyto begin with. The number of children we choose to have (yes… to those who are busy looking at their pockets and what they can afford.) Children are gift from God. The friendships we choose. The spouses we choose (This is key and it all started from the Garden of Eden). Where we choose to settle, it can be a foreign land or even somewhere within the parts of your own country. In otherwords life altering decision that will guide or change the course of your journey.
I remember one time someone close to me told me not to limit God but rather, consult him over the big and not just small things or ideas. This was around the time I wanted to make the big move from our home into a bedsitter. I remember that I was trusting God to give me at least provisions for this passage and then maybe I can furnish it as well slowly. I did not want a big house, just a small one tailored enough for my budget then I would be okay and fulfilled. At the time I did not realise it, but I limited God to my salary. In addition to the financial needs that needed my attention, I then decided for myself and God that I was suitable for a bedsitter. Don’t get me wrong bedsitter is a good start for anyone transitioning from home to a new job. But the thing was I had many financial commitments and moving out of home would stretch me too thin. At the same time, I wanted to go back to school soon, so I needed to save for this project. I remember trying scholarships, but it did not work so I resided to my fate. One time it had been my prayer to God that I may go to New York university I don’t know why I guess my love for America and the chance to leave in the big apple was then attached to it. But since my budget could never accommodate all that I settled for USIU-kenya. I even did my research got the applications form and started saving for my fees. Then I looked for a roommate to share a house with so that I did not have to pay for the whole house by myself that way am stretched thin enough to manage day by day… Am ashamed to admit that all these were my plans and I was fixing God in them by asking him to make it possibl. Bearing in mind that I was not yet confirmed in my then job and until the very last month of my stay God shut all doors for my confirmation. It was until I was writing my resignation letter and my boss was writing my recommendation letter that I got the offer on the table. Direct offer after serving them 3 years, isn’t the devil a liar! I never accepted it, story for another day.
‘Why do you limit God? Ask God for the big things and Trust Him to deliver.’ It got me thinking of how I used to ask God for little simple things that would push me through to the next. So, I set to change my approach and prayer. I had major plans and big dreams (still do) with a limited resource, when I say limited resources what I mean is that it was close to non-existence. Just as in Jeremiah 33 he promises to restore revealing His merciful and kind nature. He says (3) Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know… and for all the good thing he will do (Jews) they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it. I remember reading and mediating on Joel 2:13-14 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
When your life stretches you too thin and someone tells you to seek God and wait on him patiently for an answer. Depending on your faith, sometimes you might wonder of His existence. Considering that maybe you have spent years or months praying away your situations and circumstances. For example, I wanted to be confirmed in my work place at the time. Yet, God had shut all the door so that I could put my focus solely on Him and only then would He make a big move by uprooting me from the said organisation and leading me to greener pastures. But I was holding on, waiting and praying for a confirmation. According to me, having the job was the ticket I needed to sort everything in my life. Nonetheless, God had bigger plans for me. Taking into consideration that everyone around you is getting blessed in different areas of their lives but somehow you are stuck in these mud that you can’t seem to pull away from. We all have situations that we want God to work on and bondages that we need to be set free from. God is whispering that you can trust him. But how? When all odds are against you. Well! Am here to tell you that despite those years that seemed like he did not answer, despite your very present conditions. Joel 2:25-27 he promises “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed”. God the ever-present help in time of need, is closer than you think. Christ tells us in John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. Speak life into it, believe it, claim it, pray over it and above all give room for God to do his perfect will. Trust God with your plans, He knows the best course of our life. Have Faith in Him, rest your confidence in our Lord Jesus. He is life. God does not need your help or your wisdom to bless, favour or even restore your life. He is the expert, the creator of heaven and earth, animals and you as man or woman. So, who are we to tell him what is best for us. If I trusted my wisdom I would not be where I am now. I would be stuck in a job I hated and an organisation that was meant to test my confidence in Him. Struggling to maybe go to school in the evening. My life would be miserable… am grateful I exchanged my plans for His plans for me. Because plans built on the very word of God, He says I will bless you with a future filled with hope, a future of success, not of suffering. A.W. Tozer says that God bless us not because we are good but because He is good. He also adds something profound True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof that the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it. Praise Jesus, He is a Good God and His character is revealed to us through the faith that we possess in him! Mark 11:24 therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it and it will be yours. His every word is true. Now note that not all our dreams and plans are not answered as we want but we trust and serve a radical God… through Christ who appeals our cases, our situations and circumstances are overturned. A God of impossibilities. The Word Hebrews 11:6 say that it is only through faith that we can please God. Let me end by saying, have Faith in God!
Jesus said to the woman “Your Faith has saved you; go in peace.” – Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman