Perhaps I could sell some cakes.
When God gives us an assignment that requires finances, for many Christians the first question that comes to mind is, “But how will I be able to get the money for this?“. Then ideas start coming, such as:
- “Maybe I could do some sort of sponsored event“
- “Maybe the church will let me make a request for financial help“
- “Perhaps I could sell some cakes“
- “Do I have any stuff I could sell at a car boot sale?“
The main theme behind all the different ideas is, “What can I do in order to finance what God has called me to do?“. There is an desire to do something, anything, as long as you are doing your part.
If God has called you to do something, He has the finances for it well in hand.
The reality though is that you don’t need to worry about finances. If God has called you to do something, He has the finances for it well in hand. Exodus 14:14 in the Contemporary English Version says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing“. The Living Bible puts it this way, “The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t need to lift a finger“. If you will just relax and cast all of your concerns about your assignment onto Him, as 1 Peter 5:7 instructs us, God Himself will fight for you. God will make sure that you have whatever you need to carry out your assignment. The flip side though, is that if you insist on ‘doing your part’, if you insist on fighting to get the finances you need for your assignment, then God won’t do a thing, He won’t lift a finger to help you. “Oh but Matthew, the Bible says that God helps those who help themselves“. No it doesn’t – that is not a Bible verse! To put it bluntly, you need to back off and let God work!
— Creflo Dollar (@Creflo_Dollar) 24 July 2017
If you will back off, God will fight for you.
This doesn’t just apply to financing God-given assignments either, it applies to any situation that you may be experiencing – if you will back off, God will fight for you. But if you choose to do it in your own strength, then it is God who will back off. There may be something that God does want you to do, but unless He specifically tells you to do something, your part is to speak to the mountain and command it to be removed (Mark 11:23) and then just give the care to God (1 Peter 5:7) and relax in the knowledge that the situation is in God’s more than capable hands. The result may come quickly, or it may take some time, but it doesn’t make any difference – God knows what He’s doing! God will continue to work on your behalf, as long as you don’t interfere. But the moment you start getting involved again, wondering if God is actually doing anything, or wondering if you should be doing something to help God, God will back off and let you work.
Moses did not try to figure out what to do with his rod next.
Exodus 4:2 says, “And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod“. God asked Moses what he had in his hand, because God wanted Moses to use it. But the key point, is that Moses only used what was in his hand when God told him to. Prior to this point, Moses hadn’t been thinking, “I wonder what I can do with this rod…….“, Moses simply did what God told Him to do. Even after the miraculous occurrence of his rod turning into a snake and then back into a rod, Moses did not try to figure out what to do with his rod next. He only acted when God told him to act, and he only did what God told him to do. The one time that Moses did what he thought, rather than what God said, God severely reprimanded him. Let’s read Numbers 20:7-12 from the International Standard Version:
“The Lord told Moses, “Take the rod, gather the community together, and then you and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock right before their eyes. It will release water. As you bring water to them from the rock, the community and the cattle will be able to drink.” So Moses took the rod in the Lord’s presence, just as he had commanded. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the community together in front of the rock. “Pay attention, you rebels!” Moses told them. “Are we to bring you water from this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod. Lots of water gushed out, and both the community and their cattle were able to drink. But the Lord rebuked Moses and Aaron, telling Moses: “Because you both didn’t believe me, because you didn’t consecrate me as holy in the presence of the Israelis, you won’t be the ones to bring this congregation into the land that I’m about to give them.””
God had not told Moses to use what was in his hand.
Like a lot of Christians, Moses wasn’t convinced by the whole talking to the rock thing and decided that he needed to do something. Moses thought it would be a good idea to use what was in his hand, after all striking the rock with his rod had worked before, “You are to strike the rock and water will come out of it” (Exodus 17:6, International Standard Version). But God had not told Moses to use what was in his hand, this time God had not told Moses to strike the rock and for Moses, the consequences for doing things his way were serious. For us today, the consequences will most likely not be as serious as they were for Moses. But at the very least, taking things into our own hands rather than backing off and allowing God to work, will delay the desired outcome. Furthermore God will not get the glory for miraculous provision, all the effort will have been yours.
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