Wednesday, June 2, 2010

God Willing

When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." ~Matthew 8:1-4

"if you are willing"....Doesn't that speak volumes?! The man is absolutely humble in this situation, prepared to remain in such an undesirable state, yet full of hope that Jesus will respond and full of faith that Jesus can bring healing.
Do we live like that? Full of hope and faith, but willing to remain content while waiting?
Paul said, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."~Philippians 4:12
How can Paul live like this?
He says, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."~Philippians 4:13 Paul lives humbly with the hope that God can provide and with the faith that God will indeed provide.
Now, that being said, when we believe God can deliver us...are we willing to take action for Him to do so? In the passage of the man with the skin condition, we recognize that he was willing to remain in an undesirable state if need be, but his desire for healing was greater than remaining in his condition. This may be obvious, I mean, who wouldn't want to be made better? But the thing note is that the man took action. He got his courage up, let his convictions rule, and brought himself into a confrontational situation. (Either) Jesus would heal him (or ..."or" was not part of his hope and faith). The man was prepared to receive, saw the opportunity to present his request, and engaged his desire.
So, in action, the man brought his hope and faith before God and God responded.

When you have a need know that, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."~1John5:14-15

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.~Isaiah 58:11

Take action...
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.~Philippians 4:6

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