Christians often say they have faith. We also say our faith is being testedat times. You begin praying and fasting asking God to help with the situation. We ask our Heavenly Father to take the pain from us. Take it from our hands ,and we put it into his. You may beg God to take it all away ,but it doesn’t go away. After begging and pleading with the Lord , and nothing happens you may become bitter or depressed. Do you think that we are going about it the wrong way?
I am not saying that praying and fasting isn’t something you should do in a time of need . I am saying that shouldn’t be the only time you do it. God wants us to work with him. He doesn’t want to just get us out of every situation. God wants to show us that He gave us the power, strength , ideas , and wisedom to get past all of our problems. With these ideas that he has given us we can put them into action. A relationship is 50/50. God wants us to put our part in. He wants us to feel useful and creative.
Proverbs 10:4 ” A slack hand causes poverty , but the hand of the diligent makes rich. ”
Proverbs 12:24 ” The hand of the diligent will rule , while the slothful will be force to labor.”
God doesn’t want us to have a ” slack hand”. He wants us to put effort and work in the things we want in life.
Proverbs 13:11 ” Wealth gained hastily will dwindle , but whoever gathers little by little will increases it.”
Instead of praying to get out of a situation ; ask God for ideas and guidance. Ask Him what sacrifice has to be made in order to move forward .
James 2:14- 26 ” What good is it , my brothers , if someone says he has faith but does not have works ? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food , and one of you says to them, “Go in peace , be warm and filled,” without giving them the things needed for their body, what good is that ? So also faith by itself , if it does not have works , is dead. But someone will say , ” you have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works , and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one ; you do well. Even the demons believe and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person , that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works , and faith was completed by his works; and the scripture is fulfilled that says, ” Abraham believed God ,and it was counted to him as righteousness” and was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. and in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead , so also faith apart from works is dead. ”