There is a true story of a woman, Brenda, who was scared to climb a mountain, but she faced her fears, put on her gear, and began climbing. During a breather time, her safety rope snapped against her eye and popped out her contact lens. She looked everywhere, but it was nowhere to be found. Brenda, feeling desperate and upset, prayed to God to help her find it so she could see clearly. When her group came down the trail on the cliff, a new party of climbers were starting up the mountain and one called, "Hey you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?" This in itself would have been amazing, but the climber found an ant carrying it on its back across the rock. Brenda's father was a cartoonist and when she told him the story, he drew a cute cartoon of an ant carrying a contact lens with these words: "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You." It would probably do some of us a lot of good to occasionally say, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will." God wants us to have faith and trust Him, but He also expects legwork--our practical actions to carry out His purpose and to answer our prayers. In this purpose, Beth delves into how fatih without works is dead.
January 10, 2017