These Three Things (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 104)
Proverbs 22:4 (NLT)
True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
Three things are necessary to live an effective and successful life. They are: humility, trust, and work. Without humility, we cannot trust because we essentially believe we are stronger than we really are. Without trust, we will not work hard for long because we will be focused on what we can’t see or don’t have. Without work, we leave our purpose hanging in the wind and give God nothing to act upon.
It is important that we learn to stay humble. True humility forces to acknowledge that we are not as important as we may think. When we realize this we are more willing to accept help from above. Sometimes when we think we have it all together, things change and we encounter difficulty that we hadn’t previously planned for. To become successful and to stay successful, we have to choose to depend on God, submit to His will, and follow His plan.
Trust God is one of the hardest things for many believers to do. Yet it is the most rewarding reflection of faith. When we trust God to do what we cannot, we actually show Him that we believe He can do something amazing. You don’t have to be smart or talented or experienced or anything else for God to work on your behalf. All you have to do is trust because with Him all things are possible. When you plan, plan big. When you dream, dream big. When you set goals, set them high because when you do, you show God how much you trust Him and believe that He can and will pull it off.
An exercise in faith and trust is no excuse for not working hard. Just like an exercise in sincere prayer is no excuse for not going to the doctor when you are sick. Believing God and working hard go together. They are close relatives. God wants us to trust Him while we work. Our willingness to work even when we don’t see anything and can’t feel anything proves to God that we trust Him to make our work useful.
“Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.”
— Ramona C. Carroll