Hebrews x 23 says:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
In these past couple of weeks, with my daughter bravely stepping out to go to Canada for her YWAM Arts & Music DTS, I have been struck by how there can be such a thin line between faith and presumption.
One thing is clear. If God has spoken about something and made a promise, He WILL be faithful to fulfil it and come through.
However, it can be a terribly scary journey! The silence of Heaven in certain times of waiting – especially for what has already been promised – can be downright unnerving!
For this reason I have always felt that the most important thing in “successful” – we’ll look at that word another time, maybe! – Christian service is ‘hearing right’. If we hear God pronounce about something then we have a rock upon which to fix our belief.
What is sad in Christian service is weariness. Too weary, or even lazy, to pursue God much or anymore. Our thrill at pleasing our Father in Heaven is dampened by life’s circumstances or gone altogether. One friend of mine said to me last week a very poignant phrase … “It is so tragic when older saints give up believing God for the impossible!” YEARS of proving God faithful, with a mountain of testimonies under our belts, and yet now we cannot believe God anymore. Yes, very sad.
What struck me about the verse above today was this. Confession. There is something powerful about speaking out what we believe. Firstly, when God comes through, it is an encouragement and a witness to others. Secondly, it really requires you to come out of the shadows and nail your colours to the mast. Thirdly, I believe God loves that bold faith and rushes to the ones who demonstrate it. Watching my daughter step out alone in bold faith about such a big step in her life (for the first time without us ‘hearing’ with or for her) was a thrill to watch (as well as a white-knuckle ride!). But, boy! did God rush to meet her!
So this seems to be the process, biblically and in my experience:
- Hear what God wants and is saying
- Believe the promise in your heart
- Confess it to others when necessary and when He permits or prompts you to do so
- God will fulfil His promise, His way and in His time … always!
What about you? Do you find it hard to hold on “unwavering”? Is the confessing part the sticking point for you? Do you find it hard to hear God? Have you got a “God is faithful” story to share? Or do you feel you have ever been let down by God?