A couple of years ago, my supervisor wanted to promote me on the job. She saw the leader in me, but the problem was I couldn’t see it in myself. Yes, I wanted a promotion, I wanted a raise, I wanted a new home, and I wanted a better life, but I was afraid. I was afraid that I couldn’t do the job, that I wasn’t smart enough and that the people who would work under my supervision wouldn’t respect me. The supervisor believed in me so much that she told me what to do in order to get the job. She shared things with me that she didn’t share with others.
When it was time for promotion, I didn’t get the job because I didn’t follow her instructions. I had enough time to do it, but I didn’t do what she told me to do. A lot of people were promoted that day and I remember smiling and pretending to be happy for them, but I wasn’t. I was angry with myself, but I took it out on them. I was angry because I didn’t like my job and I didn’t like my pay, but it wasn’t their fault. It was my fault. God had given me an opportunity, the door was open and I had a choice.
In 2 Kings 7, there were four lepers sitting at the entrance of the gate. The bible doesn’t let us know how long they were sitting at the gate, but we know they had two choices. Either they sit at the outside of the gate and die or they go inside the city and die. They were sure they would die on the outside, but they weren’t sure if they would die on the inside. There was a possibility that the Syrian army might spare them, but they would never know what might happen until they went to the other side.
Faith is not waiting on God. Faith is walking in what you heard God said. God had already moved on their behalf, but the men would have never seen HIS move until they moved. The thing we are afraid of is not real. It was what these men thought that created their fears and it has been your thinking that has been keeping you in that situation for so long. You think you are going to fail. You think that you are not good enough. You think that nothing good will ever happen to you. You think that no one will ever want you or love you for you. You think you are not smart enough. These are all lies. It’s not the devil, your supervisor, the white man or the black man that has been your problem. It’s your thinking. You MUST read, study and meditate on the word of God and allow it to renew your mind. You are still doing things the old way. You still dwell on old thoughts (hurts, disappointments, the past, etc). It is those old things that keep you from enjoying new things. Some of us have gone through things that have torn down our minds and it is going to take the word of God – what HE says (not what they said) – to repair, renew and rebuild your mind.
God has heard your prayers, but has He seen your faith? Some of us are waiting on God, but God is waiting on us. Like these men, we are at the gate. We are on the brink. We are on the edge. On the other side of fear is the very thing you have been hoping for and praying for. One version of the bible states that as the men walked, the Lord caused the Syrian army to hear what sounded like chariots, horses and a great army. The Syrians were so afraid for their life that they didn’t pack anything. When they heard the noise, they fled and left their tents, horses, gold, silver, clothes, and food. All these good things were on the other side. God took care of the lepers and He will take care of you. He will accomplish what concerns you. God has turned the hearts of people on your behalf. The ones that want to tell you no are going to tell you yes. You will no longer be denied. This is how you have to think: Promotion does not come from the supervisor. It comes from the Lord. Whatever you believe is what you think is true – good or bad – so be careful what you think on. No one is saying that you will never be afraid of something, but at some point you have to get tired of your situation that you do something.
God has placed before you an open door that no man can shut. It’s not closed. It’s open. A door is created to walk through, but you are still sitting at an open door because you refuse to do what God told you to do. Some of the things God has asked us to do are simple, but we make it difficult because we really don’t want to forgive that person or we don’t want to sow that dollar amount God told us to give. You may have excuses why you can’t move, Moses, or you may have moved, but you moved in the opposite direction, Jonah, but in the end, you are going to do what God told you to do. No matter how far you run, His word runs very swiftly and you can’t outrun His word. When you obey God, you are not obeying Him just to get a spouse, a job or nice things. God is blessing you so that you can be a blessing to someone else. God may be giving you that new house to be used for bible study. God may be giving you a family (wife and children) to teach you how to lead. If you can’t lead at home, how can you lead at church (1 Timothy 3:5)? God may be giving you that raise so you can give more to support your pastors and to support the work of the church. We don’t always understand how God works, but know that He is using all things to work for good.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose.