If works are the opposite of faith, and we are supposed to live by faith, then the biggest detour I make on the faith highway is my thanks, God, I’ll take it from here attitude. When I run into an obstacle on the spiritual highway, I jump to my knees and begin praying to God for deliverance or the resolution of the issue. I clearly and unequivocally give it to Him. I know, in my heart of hearts, that He will take care of it. He always has and always will. There are times when it takes what seems like an eternity for God to answer my prayer. There are many times when He answers the prayer so quickly that the words have barely left my lips when the answer begins to be manifested.
That’s when I mess up. I see the answer manifested and I very quickly take it back from Him.
Of course, the I’ll take it from here attitude is no different than a lack of faith when the situation began. I believe as long as the desired result is evident to me.
Peter took the initial leap of faith out of the boat. He trusted in Jesus. He even walked on the water for a while. Once he was out and began to realize the enormity of what he had done, his human instincts took over. He tried to take control.
He began to sink. He started swimming.
Think about it. Peter saw Jesus first-hand. And yet, he still doubted. It's the predicament of faith. It's human nature. It's what keeps us from being robots. We have the power to choose. When faced with the process of drowning, we very quickly start swimming.
Today, on your faith walk, keep giving everything to God. The good, the bad, it all belongs to Him. When faced with that impossible, irresolvable problem, give it to Him. He made you. He provided for you. You are His. Give it all to Him. You've been here before with Him and He came through. You and I both know it. He can be trusted with everything, up to and including your very life.
If you feel yourself starting to sink, give it to Him. Avoid the temptation to swim.