A Letter to a Father about Striving (Working)

In the world, we are taught you must work hard to have anything good in life. This way of thinking is embedded into our heads from childhood.  We have all heard or even spoken the words of “you must work hard to achieve a certain goal in life.” What if I were to tell you that there is another way of thinking or better yet a different principle that you should know that will change your very life.

I know that you are thinking, what is this principle? What does she even mean? Well, I am referring to the Principle of Faith. I know you have heard messages on Faith and how you got to have Faith. We even write songs about it and sing along, but the question is, do you have Faith? Do you believe it?

I must warn you this is not the 12 steps to developing faith letter, but what I am about to give you is the truth about Faith, and you can find it in the book of Romans.

In Romans Chapter 9 verse 10-16, it reads: “Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father, Isaac. Yet before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad in order that God’s purpose in election might stand not by works but by him who calls- she was told,” “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (NIV)

If you were anything like me when I read these verses in Romans, I realized God’s purpose would prevail, and God chooses whom he pleases it doesn’t matter what you or anyone else thinks. Also, I must be honest part of me was afraid, but when I continued to read further the fear completely turned into confidence when I received the revelation of Gods unfailing love for me.

As you continue to read Romans chapter 9, there are different examples of how God demonstrates his sovereignty, but then it takes a turn in Romans chapter 9 verses 30-33: “What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (NIV)

You must know that God wants us to trust him. God wants us to know that all you must do is believe that he is already made you right with him and walk in that belief. How do you walk in this belief? You walk in this belief by allowing God to have complete control and submitting to his ways. I don’t know if you caught the revelation but you must submit not work or strive to obtain this belief. We must have childlike faith. For example I’m remembering my kids as toddlers. In the morning when they would wake up I would automatically prepare breakfast for the kids. When lunch time came, I would prepare lunch for the kids. My kids never had to do anything or work hard for me to provide for them. I knew the time to make breakfast, lunch and dinner. You see there are times we ask God to help us or bless us or show us, and He does help, bless and shows us, but it’s not always in the way we would expect so we don’t quickly see it. As I write this letter to you today, I challenge you to completely surrender your plans, ideas, and ways of handling things to God and watch what happens. Free your mind of what you think you need to do or achieve and depend on the guidance of God. I promise you that it leads you into all truths and the provision that God provides for you will be unexplainable, and most of all will create a heart of gratitude that you have never experienced.

Prayer,

God, thank you for this revelation of your sovereignty, thank you for creating us in the way that only you can. God help us to enter your rest. Father God help us to trust you as you lead and guide us into our destiny and the purpose that you have prepared for us. God, we know that believing in you causes us to never be put to shame. God help us receive this revelation. Bless everyone who reads this letter and help them to see the blessing as it unfolds right before their very eyes. All praise, honor, and glory due to the sovereign King. Amen.

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