Desire comes by seeing. Faith comes by hearing. Desire doesn’t move God.
John 6:2 – And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
I don’t know anyone who enjoys seeing manifestations of the power of God than I. What w thrill it is to see the sick healed, blind eyes opened, deaf ears unstopped, the cripple walk, and even the dead raised up! What excitement to see the supernatural power of God manifest in meeting the needs of people! All these things are thrilling indeed. But I have learned, and strived to live out one of the great Biblical truths concerning this matter that, sadly, many believers have either not been taught, or chosen to ignore. That truth is this – God is not moved because you have a desire. The Scriptures declare that “without faith it is impossible to please God. It is faith that pleases God; it is faith that moves God; it is faith that is the parent creative force of all that exists. Faith produced it all.
Now don’t misunderstand what I write. While is it faith, and faith alone, that moves God, SEEING can and does indeed impact people by getting their attention. Jesus called “healing” the “children’s bread.” When one is hungry, providing food for them gets their attention. It may not HOLD their attention long, particularly after their immediate hunger pangs have subsided, but it does, at least temporarily, capture people’s attention. When people see something spectacular, something they can’t explain, it gets their attention. We see it throughout every society in the earth today. It runs the gambit from a total solar eclipse to horrible war crimes, from a major football game to terrorist activities. Miracles are no different. They get, and hold for at least a period of time, people’s attention.
But that which gets man’s attention is not necessarily that which moves God. That requires faith. And how does faith come? We know that faith comes by HEARING, and hearing by the Word of God. SEEING may stir interest, may arouse desires, may stir emotions, but it takes faith to move God. God uses SEEING. The Word declares that He desires men to SEE your good works so they may glorify your Father in heaven. But if one will receive from God that which is desired of Him, one MUST HAVE, EXERCISE, & PERSIST in faith. We, the people of God, need to be fruitful producers of the works of God through our lives. We MUST be people of faith. YES! Let’s get the world’s attention. But once we have their attention, we MUST be prepared to demonstrate God’s power. Having people’s attention without possessing God’s power leaves death in its wake. But having people’s attention while possessing God’s power produces fruitful land where desolation once ruled. Let’s get our faith out there and turn deserts into blossoming, fruitful gardens.
Manna for Today – John 6:1-15; Hebrews 11:1-6; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27