The creator of heaven and earth is a very powerful God. His words are true and His promises are rest-assured. In Numbers 23:19, the Bible reveals that God isn’t a man to lie nor the son of man to change His mind. That’s really true! So does that mean if God promises me of something I should be adamant (doing nothing) and patiently wait on Him?
Well, I don’t know everything but permit me to share the little I know with you. In the ultimate Book which is used by many across the globe, the Bible informs us of a story that can help us get an answer to the above question. It is written, “Now the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given unto your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his hand.” Joshua 8:1
This was a done-deal victory word given Joshua – he just needed to have faith in God’s word. Faith is simply the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Joshua had faith in God and His promise. When we have faith in God, we believe and trust Him to fulfill that which He promises. Then if I have faith in God, it’s a “sure banker”, I don’t have to do anything. What at all, can I do to help a whole God? God will never lie, that’s true (Hebrews 6:18). Faith without works is dead, that’s also true. (James 2:17). Keep the two scriptures in mind, we will come back to it soon.
Let’s consider this; if you are sick and the best doctor in your community, country or world diagnose your disease but you refuse to follow the prescription, will that downplay the efficacy of the doctor? Or will it heal your disease? Your answer is not that different from mine.
Let’s continue with Joshua’s story. After his faith in God, he mob-up a strategy; he divided his troops into two – one to stage an attack on the city and the other to wait in Ambush. As the men of Ai chased the attackers, those in the ambush were signaled to set the whole city of Ai afire. The people of Ai were totally annihilated and the promise of God was fulfilled. Note: God never gave Joshua that strategy, He only promised Him of victory. What lesson can we derive from this? Every promise demands a responsibility. And to benefit much from a promise, you need a strategy. To develop a strategy is to have a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal.
We must learn how to synthesize divine guidance with human strategy. God is a Spirit and for Him to be very effective on earth, He needs a body. Thus, God works not in isolation but in cooperation. He expects us to creatively use our minds to develop strategies that can help us actualize His promises concerning our lives. The scriptures (Hebrews 6:18 and James 2:17) reveals that it takes at least two people to see to the actualizing of a promise; God and yourself. It also gives the understanding that Faith is a verb (action word) but not a noun (just a name). It takes actions to substantiate faith.
Faith and strategy are not substitutes, rather they are complements. They work best together when they have the full backing of God. Balancing the two should always be our goal. We must do our possible best to develop strategies (plans and measures) that will help us take advantage of the numerous promises of God laid beforehand for us all.
God loves you and always want the best for you.