I am always amazed by the simplicity with which God works to solve difficult riddles and settle complicated issues. The child-like faith and trust in His infallible word assures us of inevitable manifestations of His love. By simply following His instructions and acting on them, one can change a life-long predicament that has defied human remedies. As children of God, we have a loving Father who never fails. He loves us so much to let us struggle, strive and suffer all by ourselves for something He has already made available through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, there is a very important principle we need to apply always to experience His goodness.
God has made us free moral beings with a right of choice. Even in situations where it’s apparent that we need do something, we still have a right to obey or disobey and definitely experience in the resultant consequences. Since from the very beginning, God put man in charge of the earth and in dominion over all His creation, He delights in working in and through man on the earth. Many think that God works apart from His children and so they embrace a life of passivity, waiting for God to do everything that must be done for a change. Yes, God can do without us, but He has chosen to work on earth in partnership with us. “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain” 2 Corinthians 6:1. Paul here made it clear that he was a worker together with God, New Living Translation renders it; ‘God’s partner’. We are in a partnership with divinity to work miracles in this world, to change the course of destinies in God’s direction and to expand His influence in our spheres of influence. But also note that the plea to the Corinthians was that they should not put to waste God’s grace. God’s grace is the ability of God at work in us; that which enables us to do supernatural things that are naturally impossible. Putting it to waste means; doing nothing yet you are enabled to do supernatural work, as if you are powerless. In a business joint venture, the partners have responsibility to grow the business; their roles may differ but they both must contribute something for good of the business and that is what our partnership with divinity entails.
Many children of God have been paralyzed by fear into passivity, and trust has been translated into abdication of responsibility. So, many wait in unwanted situations with an obvious excuse of waiting for the Lord to do something, misapplying Isaiah 40:31. It is waiting upon and not waiting for the Lord! “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” Isaiah 40:31. Waiting upon, is a service phrase that is better exemplified by waiters and waitresses in a restaurant; they are not passive but on standby to serve you and bring you pleasure. In this context it is ministering to Lord; in worship and in any spiritual exercise that delights Him. This happened in the book of Acts; “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” Acts 13:2. The word wait in Isaiah is translated love by Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:9. In any difficulty or challenge, renewal of strength that enables you to soar above the storm is found in waiting upon the Lord in a loving-relationship, in worship, prayer and any exercise that ministers to Him. You cannot wait for the Lord to act in your life apart from you. Passivity most likely will lead to prolonged periods of frustration. It is also important to note that I am not talking about activity, but Spirit led activity and responding to God’s word and instructions in a particular situation. As you express your love to God in worship you are quickened in your spirit to hear and receive instruction from God which will change the situation when acted upon.
Do you realize that there is no gift of ‘waiting for miracles’, but of the ‘working of miracles’ (1 Corinthians 12:10)? This is because we are co-workers with Christ; He works in and through us, and not apart from us! Today, respond to God’s instruction and do whatever He puts upon your heart to bring the desired change in your life. We work miracles by God’s leading and power; it is not by chance or an accident. Jesus said that the signs will follow believers (Mark 16:17), implying that the believers are in motion; doing something or going somewhere and signs will follow. If you do not lay hands on the sick, don’t expect them to recover. If you don’t cast out demons, don’t expect them to leave, the list goes on. On the contrary, every time you do as instructed in His written word and from fresh instructions, expect the promised result that is how the gift of working of miracles works. It works where there is action but not passivity in the name of waiting for God. The disciples heeded Jesus’ word and the inevitable happened; “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs, Amen” Mark 16:20. Don’t expect God to work for you without you, He works in, thorough and for you! Most times what it takes is your faith placed in His word, speaking His word in boldness, thanking Him in advance and taking Him at His word by acting on it regardless of the contrary logical analysis. The secret for us to enjoy all He has for us is in our ability to be conscious of His love, tune in to the Spirit and act on given instructions whether in His written word or as relayed fresh to us by His Spirit. May your eyes and ears of the spirit be opened to receive instruction and may your faith be stirred to act on God’s word to enjoy the miraculous realm.
Robert Ssesanga is the founder of Aflame Gospel Ministries a multifaceted Christian ministry and the Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. He is an author and a conference speaker who travels extensively to nations. He preaches the gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has been instrumental to many lives that have been impacted over the years in many nations. HIs passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.