The ole proverbial dangling carrot..
The premise of working toward something and being able to see it, but the further you progress, the prize is that much more further ahead than you. Never being able to grab hold of what you are working so hard to get.
I have seen God this way in my life. I saw Him as an “if-then” God. IF I pray enough, THEN He will answer my prayer. IF I believe just enough, THEN He will be faithful to His promises. IF I do enough good for others, THEN He will find it in His heart to bless me.
Ever been there? Begging and pleading with God so that you can see His hand move in your life. Feeling the need to tug at our Father’s coat tail to get His attention, because we feel He is unaware we are in need.
Those feelings are absolutely a lie… but here’s the truth:
- 2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
No need to get His attention, you fully have His.
- Hebrews 13:5 – …. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
He’s always with us.
- 2 Timothy 2:13 – If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Regardless of me or my behavior, He is faithful.
- Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
You can take His promises to the bank.
Self focused faith will forever and always come up short. If you are trying to pay the “if-then” game, you will always come out the loser. There will always be a feeling of needing to be more, be better, to pull on His coat tail. Like chasing after a carrot that you can never catch, faith in our own hands in unattainable.
God focused faith works automatically. Seeing Him as faithful, seeing how He cannot fail, seeing how He is always there, seeing how He has a plan to provide for us, and seeing that none of it hinges on you…makes your faith work automatically. You can’t keep faith from building and doing it’s work when it is on the foundation of the one who is forever faithful to us.
- Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…
He provides our faith, and it works like a charm, as long as we let Him be the finisher of it and not try to take that task on ourselves.