In 2007, a friend and I chose to intentionally believe God for 40 days. Rather than dwelling on our circumstances or feelings, we chose to seek God, believe His word and to encourage each other daily.
It was an incredible 40 days. Hard. Revealing. Confusing. Exciting. Life-changing.
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We often talk about knowing God better and growing in a relationship with Him. Well, this is something to know about God—He’s someone who likes to be believed. He is pleased by faith. God made this very clear to me in October of 2002.
On October 3, 2002, I did something I’d never done before. Since I was turning 40 the next day, I asked God for a birthday present. As I prayed that morning, I had a sense that God was saying “yes” to my request.
What did I expect to happen? Well, to be honest, we had some financial needs, so some help in that area would have been nice, but I didn’t have anything specific in mind.
Now I assumed that since I was turning 40 on the 4th that I would receive whatever God was going to give me on that day, but the 4th came and went and it didn’t appear that I had received anything.
Because I’d really been working at believing God, not my feelings or circumstances, I was determined to not doubt Him and give into discouragement. I would continue to believe He was going to come through somehow.
About ten days later, I flew from Arkansas to New Jersey to visit my dad and step-mom. As I got into bed one night, I was debating with myself and with God. Had I really heard from God? And if I had, why wasn’t He answering? I was disappointed and was doing my best to believe, but I was becoming discouraged. Then I fell asleep.
About an hour later, I awoke from a terrible dream. I was being accused of murdering two people. Even though I was completely innocent, the circumstantial evidence pointed to my guilt. My first thought upon waking was, “Lord, what’s that all about? It’s a terrible feeling to not be believed.”
I did not hear an audible voice, but it would have been no more real if I had. It was as if God whispered in my ear, “That’s how I feel when you don’t believe Me.”
God wasn’t just telling me what He was thinking. He was sharing how He felt. How He felt when I questioned Him and doubted Him. It was a powerful moment.
God wants to be believed. Will you join me on a 40-day adventure of believing God?