Faith Grows with Use
Yet ye have not, because ye ask not. —James 4:2
It was a saying of George Mueller that faith grows with use. If we would have great faith we must begin to use the little faith we already have. Put it to work by reverent and faithful praying, and it will grow and become stronger day by day. Dare today to trust God for something small and ordinary and next week or next year you may be able to trust Him for answers bordering on the miraculous. Everyone has some faith, said Mueller; the difference among us is one of degree only, and the man of small faith may be simply the one who has not dared to exercise the little faith he has.
According to the Bible, we have because we ask, or we have not because we ask not. It does not take much wisdom to discover our next move. Is it not to pray, and pray again and again till the answer comes? God waits to be invited to display His power on behalf of His people. The world situation is such that nothing less than God can straighten it out. Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray.
Lord, I know my faith needs to grow, so please help me to exercise what faith I have and anticipate that growth and stretching. Amen.
Play the Man for God
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Romans 1:16
Evangelist George Whitefield was asked to preach at the fairgrounds in Marylebone Fields in London, where a Quaker gentleman had built a platform and pulpit for the occasion. Whitefield arrived after dark to find a vast crowd, but some of them had come to see the bare-fisted boxing matches taking place nearby. When George started preaching, the crowds flocked to him, and rough, bare-chested boxers marched in his direction to break up the meeting. To make matters worse, the Quaker’s pulpit tottered every time George moved or even gestured. Just when Whitefield was about to lose his nerve, his wife, Elizabeth, tugged on his clothing and called up to him, “George, play the man for God!” As a riot ensued, Whitefield kept preaching, his text from Romans 1:16.1
From the days of the Acts of the Apostles, opponents have tried to silence our witness. But when we are struck down for sharing the Gospel, we must get back up and speak with more boldness, just as the apostles did. We must be men and women for God.
I have come to you in the name of the Lord God of Hosts and I must and I will be heard. George Whitefield
Recommended Reading: Acts 5:17-21