But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind– God prepared this for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
I was sitting and waiting on a client a few days ago and learned very quickly how we could miss God by becoming too familiar with His ways. I had always represented African-American clients, so when I got the call to meet a husband and wife seller, I assumed they were African-American, because we cannot always tell by the voices anymore. As I sat in the restaurant waiting, waiting, waiting and waiting some more, no one came that looked close to what i expected. After thirty minutes had passed, I noticed a couple that was not African-American that had been sitting for sometime. They were looking at the door as if they were waiting for someone.
Well I decided to approach them because I could not imagine being stood up because after all they were so eager about getting their home sold. I went over and I introduced myself and surprisingly it was the couple. They were waiting for well over thirty minutes. My goodness was I embarrassed. After I had met with them, a thought came to mind.
How many times have we missed God the same way because we are looking for familiarity and comfort. I saw the couple earlier and honestly a part of me was some what intimidated. I did not want to approach them because I had only represented African-Americans and this couple did not have dark skin and I could tell they were not Americans. Wow, talk about having to leave my comfortable place and launch out into the deep.
I have come to know quite well, I cannot have comfort in my faith walk. I had experienced the blessings of paying my tithes, offering and serving comfortably. These things did not require me to change because I had become use to it. But I have also come to know that the more we want from God will sometimes require more faith. In addition it is going to sometime require us to do things differently. Could we say then that the faith in believing Him for new tires on a car probably won’t be enough, if the doctor gives us three months to live.
I think back on the Peter in his plight out on the sea in Mathew 14:28-31
“Lord, if it is You,” Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come”, said Jesus. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith, He said, “why did you doubt?”
Peter had enough faith to step out but it was not enough when he was met with the force of the wind, while walking on the water. In all that we do we have to keep our eyes on God and how we do that, we do it by the words of Colossians 2:6-7
Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.…
Romans 10:17 tells us the more we hear of His word the more confident we become in Him. “Consequently, faith results from listening, and listening results through the word of the Messiah.”Allow me as I loosely relate it to Popeye eating his spinach; the more he ate the more powerful he became.
Our intellect is built on facts but not truth and our intellect cannot play a part in our faith walk. What are you talking about Lennie? Well, when Peter got out of the boat and he walked out on the water, he activated his faith. When the wind was added, Peter allow what He knew as a fact to doubt what was true. I believe it was a fact to Peter that the force of the wind could have potentially knock him over and he would drown. That was probably a proven fact but it was not a truth according to The Word and what Jesus commanded him to do. For the word spoken to Peter by Jesus was the truth and all he had to do was stay focused on the truth. John 17:17, Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
This instance has taught me so much. As I am believing God for greater and with greater comes a transformed mind. I believe we are missing out on plenty because we do not want to embrace what is not familiar. Had I not stepped out of my comfort zone and approached what was unfamiliar, I would have missed out on the opportunity of listing a house that could potentially yield over 20k in commission. I have since stapled Isaiah 55:8-9 in my mind,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
On a note allow me to share this as well:
A young lady approached me a while ago and she admitted that she was always afraid and somewhat intimidated by me. I ,of course, was a bit saddened until she told me her reasoning. She said that I appeared so confident and I always have myself very well put together. She went on to say it seemed, I always knew what to say and she just did not know how to talk to me. I started feeling worst and I questioned myself, “am I not approachable because I do not want to be seen in that way?” I began to apologize to the young lady and I tried to assure her that she could talk to me at anytime.
After leaving the young lady, I began to think about ways I could change and then of course another thought came to mind, “why do you feel you have to change, Lennie, could it be maybe she needs to change?”
Sometimes we expect others to change to make us comfortable. We become intimidated by the very things that requires us to come up higher but before we come to grips with it; we try to avoid it. These are the very same things that is needed to bring about a change in us so that we can have all that God has for us! We want the blessings of God but we want it based on our terms.