“You can’t….”, “It’s impossible….”, “That’s a stupid decision….”, “You’re making a mistake….” How many times have you heard these words come out of people’s mouths when you tell them what you believe God has for your life? I know for me personally, this has started happening to me a lot since I started going to college last year in 2011. I heard it from almost everyone: family, friends, and even people that don’t know me that well. When I’d share with them what God and I had discussed, they would tell me that I was crazy to believe that God would provide for me; that He would keep up His end of the deal. I don’t know how many times I wanted to use one of Jesus’s famous quotes “Ye of little faith…” but I refrained, and held my tongue.
Sometimes it’s hard to hear people say that you can’t do something. For a long time I would believe those people when they told me I couldn’t But I soon came to realize that my God was so so SO much bigger than them, and that if He said so, He meant it with all His heart. God is not an Indian Giver. It says in Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise” (NLT). God doesn’t back out of His word. He is always faithful.
If you read in Hebrews 11 you will find a whole long list of people who at one point were probably told that they were silly, and that they couldn’t do something. Here are just a few verses: “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore” (Hebrews 11: 5-12 NIV). All of these people received exactly what God had told them they would receive because they remained faithful to Him.
My point of this is don’t lose heart when people tell you you can’t or that your God can’t. Let it be fuel to your fire! If you know God will make a way, and that He will provide, then there’s nothing holding you back but yourself. I have faith that God will provide a way for me to go to school, and get a degree in youth ministry. I also believe that He will provide me with a job when I graduate, and that I’ll have the money to pay off my student loans. What do you believe? Will you dare to believe what God has told you? Will you have faith in Him?