When I graduated from college, I went to work for IBM. One of the first things I did when I got on the job was to set myself up for direct deposit of my pay. With no intervention from me, every pay period my salary automatically was deposited in my bank account.
I was a bachelor at the time, with no one to worry about but myself. So, I seldom even bothered to check my account. I was writing checks right and left, buying whatever I wanted to buy, and I hardly ever checked to see that the money was actually in my account.
Why? Because I believed IBM when they said they were going to deposit my pay into my account. I believed them so implicitly, I didn’t even bother to check.
In other words, I had faith in IBM.
I confidently wrote drafts on my account, without checking to see that the money was there, because I believed that I had received what IBM had promised me.
And they never let me down. There never was an instance where the money I expected to be in my account didn’t show up.
That’s exactly the kind of faith God asks believers to have in Him.
Mark 11:24 (NIV) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
God says that in order to receive from Him the things we pray for, we must believe that we have received them.
That’s the kind of faith He asks of us – to simply trust Him that what He has promised, He will do.
If I can have that kind of faith in a human company, shouldn’t I be even more willing to put total faith in God?
After all, God’s track record is a lot better than IBM’s!