Wanna hear a funny story? I hurt my leg several weeks ago. It hasn’t totally healed yet and I am starting to get really frustrated. I’ve prayed, fasted, believed, spoken in faith, etc., but still nothing…
I thought I should remind God that He owes me because of all the things I’ve done for Him (insert smirk). I decided to Read Him My (spiritual) Resume and help jog His memory. I reminded Him of all my works: How I prayed for people; visited the sick; how I’m always at church; and how I have sown financially into ministry and people.
I went on to question Him about why He isn’t doing His part. I just knew this would get His attention and it did. He responded:
“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” (Job 40:2 NLT)
“Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. “Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right?
Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like his? (Job 40:7-9 NLT)
I can’t compete with that! The truth is, the things He has done for me (some without me even having to ask) are innumerable. His response forced me to see how my actions were very prideful. After my reality check, my response was:
“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I, and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. (Job 42:2-3 NLT)
Of course these are excerpts of scripture from the Book of Job in the Bible, but this is exactly how God has dealt with me this week; and subsequently, my heart’s sentiments afterwards. Don’t make the same mistake I did, thinking that Reading God My Resume would make Him move in MY timing. This is a huge issue, especially for some of us who “work” for/with God. When we need something from Him, we demand it, and feel justified because of our works. We’ve forgotten scripture says, we are justified by faith (not works). We can’t work our way into earning a spot at the front of the line to receive God’s Blessings.
So, That Settles It. We want to please God, and we think if we work hard enough, He will reward us by doing whatever we’d like Him to. We must remember that it’s our Faith that pleases God, and without it our works alone won’t do. We must remain patient and hopeful that God is Faithful to do just what He says He will do (in HIS timing).
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)