‘Faith means building the boat before you see the rain.” ~ Inrig
How much of God’s blessing have we missed out on because we stayed on the shore or in the boat? What if instead we had ‘waded in’ ‘by faith’, knowing He will act, and is just waiting for us to join Him so we can be blessed through His work?
Life is full of spectators. There are many who remain in the stands because they allowed distractions, fears, anxiety, and other opinions to sideline them from what God has so wonderfully designed for their lives. I have played sports most of my life and know firsthand the scars and wounds that do occur from being in the fight. I wouldn’t trade one of them for being a spectator… each is a reminder of what was overcome and the battles won. Life is no different… there are scars to be had there too… but when I walk by faith, following my Lord into each battle, yes I may be knocked down and even wounded, but it is in a worthy cause, for my Lord fights for the hearts and minds of those who need to hear the Gospel. For that, I will get off the shoreline and out the boat and wade into any battle.
My heart bears many scars, some very fresh and not yet healed. I have come to realize that they are not something to despair over though, but are great reminders that I am a participant in God’s work and walking with the One who bears more wounds than I could conceive of, and more than anything else, who gave His life for me… I will follow Him no matter what battle He fights.
I read often through Hebrews 11 and I am encouraged by the words, ‘by faith.’ These two words portray the obedience of those who walked with God, not knowing where that path would lead or what battles they may incur. None of that mattered to them… what did matter was that they were with the One who is ‘Absolute Perfection’. With Him they knew true goodness, justice, truth, faithfulness, beauty, security, hope, and love.
I pray you are ‘building the boat while trusting His Word that the rain is coming.’
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:31-32
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church. He is the author of two devotional books, “From a Chair by the Window.” And “#PrayerWinsThe Day”.