Do you have situations happen in life that take you back to your childhood? I remember working for my Daddy as his secretary while in college. His CPA stopped by the office to review the taxes and told Daddy he had never had someone declare the fee paid for jury duty on their taxes before, but Daddy had done it. My Daddy has always been a man of integrity. Growing up, he taught us a person is only as good as his word. We knew if he told us something, we could take him at his word and he expected us to be the same way.
We can always count on our heavenly Father to be true to His word. In John 4:46-54 you find the story of Jesus healing the royal official’s son. The official didn’t take his son to Jesus. Jesus didn’t happen upon the son in a crowd. The official approached Jesus and told Him of his son’s illness and asked the Lord to come and heal his son. Jesus didn’t travel with the official. Instead, He told the official to go, his son would live. The key to this story is found in verse 50 “The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed.”
How many times do we read a scripture or hear something in our prayer time from God and respond with, “Yeah, but…” We question or add to or take away from whatever God said to us instead of simply taking Him at His word. When we take God at His word and do what He says, even if it doesn’t make sense to us, we will see Him move just as the official did. We have to realize God’s thoughts and ways are not like ours [Isaiah 55:8].
One of my favorite pastors, Charles Sineath, says “God said it. I believe it. That settles it!” It couldn’t be stated any clearer.
When we become a people who put our full trust in God and His word, believing it even before we see it and acting accordingly, we will see God in light of Who He really is. We will experience the fullness of Him and His goodness.
The Israelites were called to do many things that made no sense to them and when they started to act obediently they experienced a major manifestation of God [Exodus 14:11, 13-22; Joshua 3:12-17]. God calls us to obedience first, and then He demonstrates His glory. Our obedience to Him is nothing more than a demonstration of our trust in Him and His word.
What is God asking you to do today? If He is calling you to do something, He will be faithful to equip you for the task [Hebrews 13:21]. He will not abandon you [Deuteronomy 4:31]. He is trustworthy. You can always count on Him to be true to His word!