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You are not smart enough to know that what you hope for is truly good; only God knows

Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is Dependent on Faith – Part V

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:53-58

Key Verse: Matthew 13:58
And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Hebrews 11:1 is probably the most known verse when it comes to defining and understanding faith (I like the NLT version):

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

We understand what hope is because we hope for things all the time. We say things like, “I sure hope the weather is nice for our outing tomorrow” or “I hope Sam comes through for me” or “I hope they are telling the truth”.

These kinds of statements are about hope but are not faith. Using the word “hope” in this way is the exact opposite of faith. If I said to God, “I hope you don’t let me down”, then that statement is full of doubt and questioning God’s faithfulness.

The Bible does not say that faith is when we hope, but the Bible does say that faith is confidence that what we hope for actually happens. We must bring our hopes to God and pray over them, asking God if our hopes fit into His plan for our lives.

The Apostle James’s teachings remind us to center our hopes and prayers around God’s plans:

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise, you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16 NLT)

When we start acting on our plans hoping to accomplish this or that, have God’s will in our prayers. We are not smart enough to know that what we hope for is truly good for us. This being true, how can we be confident that what we hope for will happen?

The answer is knowing God and His Word. We can have a confident hope in God providing for all our needs because of the promises in His Word.

We cannot have confident hope that God provides what we ask for; God might see something better for us.

I can have confident hope that God loves to give good gifts to me because the Bible says so. But I cannot have confident hope that what I think is a “good” gift is actually a good gift. Only God is wise enough to define what a good gift is.

In other words, build your faith around the wisdom and power of God Himself. Build confidence on God’s Word, not just your hopes and wishes!

Make this your prayer for something that the Bible does not promise.

Father, would You help me with [insert your specific request]? I only want it if it fits into Your plans for me and my future. It is in Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.