It is a known fact that wishing something to come to pass usually results in disappointment. Waiting on God is super important, but so is trusting God enough to act. There is a story about a man who went out on a small boat that capsized in the middle of the ocean. He was in peril with no help in sight, so he started to pray.
Dear, Lord, please send me a miracle. I need help. When he finished praying a boat not much bigger than the one that capsized, pulled up alongside him, and asked for him to get in, and he promptly replied, “That’s okay, I’m waiting on God for a miracle.” So, reluctantly, the boat left.
It was getting harder to stay afloat and he was really getting tired by this point, so he prayed to the Lord again, “Dear God, I can’t hold on much longer, I need help. Please help me.” No sooner had he stopped praying, when another slightly bigger boat moved up beside him, and said, “here, get in.” The man refused to get in, and said that he could manage, that he was waiting for a miracle from God and he told them to go on.
Still he struggled until he could barely dog paddle. He prayed one last time, with every drop of faith that he had left. When he finished praying, a third boat pulled up and they told him to grab the life preserver, yet he refused and said that he was waiting on a miracle from God, and he waved them on.
It wasn’t long before he gave up and died. When he opened his eyes again, he stood before the Lord, and was a little bit annoyed, “Why didn’t you rescue me?” God said, “I tried three times to rescue you but you refused.”
We must learn to act on our faith. In this week’s Lattereign, we are encouraged to take that leap of faith. It’s Time to Act on Our Faith