"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Difference Between Faith and Stupidity
There is a very thin line between faith and stupidity. Faith is trusting God in spite of the end-result. Faith is an unmovable trust in God even when we do not get that thing that we want “real bad.” Faith is that deep knowledge that constantly reminds us that God knows best. Therefore, if He says no, it is ultimately for our own good. Faith is not measured based on what you get, but it is better measured when you don’t get it but still believe. Hebrews chapter eleven is known as the Hall of Fame of Faith; in Hebrews 11:39 we read the following:
“And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise…” NKJV
Stupidity, on the other hand, has a form of Godliness; it actually sounds spiritual. We say things such as: “I am believing God for this or for that,” but the problem is that we believe for something that is not only outside of His will for us, but many times is even out side of His Word. Stupidity pretends to manipulate God into doing something for us, just because we want that thing and because we declare our trust in God. The problem is that Stupidity is jumping out of the boat even when Jesus is not there.
Stupidity tells us to finance ourselves into what we want; to get that thing we can’t afford even as the Bible tells us in Romans 13:8
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” NKJV
Stupidity always goes against God’s Word! Stupidity is the main reason why many of us find ourselves in debt up to our necks. Stupidity takes away our freedom and is designed to hurt every aspect of our lives as we then find ourselves upset with God for not giving us what we want.
The name it and claim it doctrine has really done a great deal of damage in the Body of Christ; it is an arrogant, selfish, destructive and un-biblical doctrine that has ended many lives and ministries.
These days I have been faced with choosing between faith and stupidity, as it relates to some personal decisions. I was very close to; once again, stepping into stupidity and allowing my pride to force me to insisting in something I wanted for one of my dear children. I almost made a devastating mistake that would amount to never ending financial consequences. Nevertheless, with age, white hair and marks from bumps on your head against the wall of ignorance; comes wisdom.
The bottom line is that we must trust God and God alone; not our desires, our wants, not what society tells us we should have and not what is popular. God is God and He has the right to say YES, WAIT and even NO. He can indeed make everything possible, but not everything we want is convenient to us. God is more concerned about our souls than HE will ever be about what we want. God desires to bless us and this is what the Word says about His Blessings:
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22 NKJV
If that thing you bought or financed, or got involved with, or that business you started, that promotion you took, that new city you moved into, that new degree that you went after, etc. is adding sorrow to your soul, it was not of God. The word sorrow means: “Pain, hurt, toil.”
God probably gave you a million signs to tell you that it was not of Him. He tried to stop you in many ways, but you went on and did it anyways; just like the builders of The Tower of Babel. Now you must swallow your pride, confess, repent and learn from it. Many of us are feeling all of these three things right now (Pain, Hurt and Toil) I know I do every month, when I look at the stupid loans I took to buy things I did not need and I could not afford…But we learn…eventually…do we?
It is one thing for us to fight the good fight of faith and come against the normal attacks of the enemy. The Apostle Paul established in Second Timothy that it was indeed a good fight; why? Because if we do persevere we win. The other is to see the sorrows directly attached to something we went after outside of the will of God.
When faced with sorrow, our way out is repentance. When faced with persecution, there is no way out, we must press on and establish in our hearts that “His grace is sufficient.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) In our weakness God gets the glory when we operate in true faith in Him. When we do things outside of faith we are sinning and God will never bless sin. Romans 14:23 tells us:
“…whatever is not from faith is sin.”
In the center of God’s will, we will see His mighty hand of deliverance and your emotions protected by His grace. May we embrace a life style of faith and run from continuing in our stupidity.