The other day I was watching television and an ad came on for a pharmacy. The voice was saying that flu season was just around the corner, so make sure you visit their store and stock up on cold and flu medications. The final message was, “Get it before you get it!”
I immediately thought of …
how true that statement is. Our faith is awfully strong medicine–stronger than any cold and flu medication. What we prepare for, we almost certainly receive. Scripture tells us that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). This is powerful stuff! It means that faith is a sure and certain thing. It’s not just a whimsical little wish. Our faith can also work for us, or against us.
The dictionary defines “hope” as a desire of expectation of obtainment.” Many people think that hope is that warm, fuzzy feeling that keeps us going day after day. It’s much, much more than that. Have you ever heard the saying, “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst?” That’s horrible! Whatever you are preparing for, you are hoping for. If you expect to obtain it, then your faith is put into action; and those things you cannot see YET will certainly come about.
God wants to pour blessings into your life. He wants the very best for you. But we need to get in agreement with Him. When we go around griping, complaining, and expecting the worst, what does that say of our God? He can work a miracle in a moment that we couldn’t do in a lifetime. Get a big faith that matches our big God. He can work wonders in your life, but you need to put some steam in your faith engine to bring it about. Whatever you are expecting, that is what you are hoping for. Many of these blessings cannot be seen yet, but they are there. Be sure of it! Be certain of it! God does things a bit backwards from how we think they should be done. He waits until we show thanks before He gives us the gift. He waits until we claim victory before He wins the battles for us. Our faith MUST come first!
We have to GET IT before we GET IT!