Faith is trusting God when we have yet to see Him act. The prayer of faith does not begin with what we want; it always begins with what God wants. In our faith, there is not a complete absence of fear, but the demonstration that our trust in God is greater than our fear. We must be able to visualize the things we seek after in life. If we can’t imagine something, how can we truly expect that it will ever come to pass? Our own thinking and rationalizing keeps us from God’s best, so we must be willing to change our way of thinking to enlarge our vision and to put (God + ourselves) in the picture.
The school of life has taught us to be set in our ways, left feeling hopeless, and limited by our own insight. This is nothing more than perceptional bondage and God wants to change the way we see things and that won’t happen until we stop dwelling on negative and destructive thoughts. We have a tendency to view our circumstances and past failures as road blocks, but with a healthy perspective, we should be viewing them as mere stepping stones to fulfilling our God-given destiny. When David went up against Goliath, he chose to stay focused on God and His eternal promises. “Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
While everyone around David viewed Goliath as too big to defeat, David viewed him too big to miss. This is the confidence and trust we should all have in our Lord. Because of our perception, we have to be careful dwelling on negative thoughts, since they can lead to our own self-fulfilling prophecy. We can’t have faith without hope and it’s time that we begin to enlarge our visions by including God’s miraculous power in the picture. It’s not by our might, but by His power and Spirit. We serve the maker of the heavens and earth and He can make a way where there is no way. He causes all things to work together for good despite our past. All He asks of us is to love Him and be called according to His purpose.