“God does not place His promises in our hand, He places them within our reach, which means we have to do our part.” ~ Priscilla Shirer
You’ve heard a version of this story: Man in peril (sailboat capsized in the ocean, stuck on the side of a mountain, floodwaters rising, etc.), we’ll call him Paul, cries to God for help. Rescue comes in various forms, but Paul does not reach out to be rescued. And then he drowns or falls to his death, depending on the version of the story. When an angry Paul encounters God, he asks, “God, why didn’t you save me?” And God says, “Paul, I did MY part” …and He lists the various forms of rescue.
The point? Paul, described in at least one version of the story as faithful, did not do his part. He confidently expected God’s response to his request and his faith was justified. But he didn’t take action; he didn’t do what he needed to do to activate his faith.
I use this story for a lot of concepts … expectations, opportunities, etc. but it’s also a great illustration of the faith-activating action referred to in Ephesians.
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6: 16
Inhale Action, Exhale Apathy…
Inhale Compassion, Exhale Cynicism…
Inhale Resolute, Exhale Regret…