Faith in Faith

Michael Beck

“Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” (Lamentations 3:37)

When we desire something from God must we believe that we have already received it in order to end up having it? Is this the faith without which it is impossible to please God? Is this way of “praying” the only acceptable method, guaranteed to get results? If someone’s desire is not fulfilled do we chalk it up to the fact that they must not have believed well enough? Do we question whether their error involved believing that God could do it rather that that He would do it? Do we blame it on the fact that they might not have claimed the blessing as “already” theirs? Is there a strict “formula” that God has mandated when it comes to seeing things happen? Should we have faith in this faith formula, this scientific-like principle? Do those who religiously utilize this method always see results? Does it work like a charm? Or, might there be something amiss in the idolization of a method? Has God chosen to thwart and turn away such presumption more often than not?

Perhaps, God does not like men believing that He can be “worked.” The Sovereign God will not be manipulated by any human being ever.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.