“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”
Desperation and anxiety can be masked with religion to look like faith. The truth however, is that if you’re anxious, you’re not in faith. Many times, walking in faith requires patience. Many people think that they are walking in faith by insisting that things happen in their own time instead of in God’s time or according to their will instead of God’s will.
Ironic as it may seem, faith in discerned in patience. Abraham, the father of faith waited two decades for a child. He wouldn’t have minded if the child came sooner, but he waited patiently “because he considered him faithful who had made the promise” (Heb 11:11). Don’t challenge God’s existence simply because you did not get your desire within your allotted time. That is not faith.
Of course, God wants you blessed. He wants you to believe in him for miracles, but you must never mistake covetousness for faith. The Bible instructs us to be content; faith does not go contrary to that instruction. Luk 12:15 says: “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Again, we are reminded in 1 Tim 6: 6: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Faith is not a tool for self gratification. It’s your positive response to the will of God. Who gets the glory when you demonstrate your faith? God does.
SAY THIS: I will not mistake faith for religious anxiety or covetousness. I will be patient, focusing on God’s will, instead of mine.