Belief in God implies acceptance of scripture as truth and also a reliance on that truth. Where is our belief if we don’t rely on God, but instead try to fix the problem ourselves? When things go wrong, or not as we had hoped, how can we say we believe when we refuse to recognise that God is in control?
Unless we ask for help, how can we say we believe? And unless we ask in full expectation that our prayer will be answered, where is our belief? Even when the outlook is apparently rosy, are we following our own plans or His?
So does God expect us to do nothing but pray? are we to do nothing for ourselves? This has been a question that has vexed me for a long time. I had come to the conclusion that God doesn’t expect us to sit around and wait for Him to do all the work. But we need to be careful here that the work we are doing is His will and not ours. Understanding this requires prayer and meditation on scripture.
This is God’s kingdom, but it is us who are the kingdom (at least its subjects), not God. Part of our believe is demonstrated in doing His will. Perhaps a measure of our belief is in what we do of our own volition.
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you [Luke 6:38].
Perhaps our focus should be on what we do for others rather than on how God can supply our wants. If we listen to the Spirit’s leading, perhaps we can be the answer to someone else’s prayers. With that outlook maybe we will grow to be more confident that our needs will be met, even before we have prayed –
Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient. [Matthew 6:31-34]
Dare we go through life with an absolute reliance on God as this passage tells us? Why not? Where is our belief if we don’t?