When I was around 8 years old, I saw a rainbow in the field that stretched across the horizon from my backyard. I lived in Kansas at the time, and I sat on our makeshift swing set, staring at the endless, golden wheat fields. The brilliant rainbow was large, and I knew in my heart that I could probably reach the end of it if I tried. I thought of the pot of gold waiting for me–maybe even a leprechaun wearing a green hat with a four-leaf clover poking out of it.
Although I could image making it to the end of the rainbow and what I would do with my treasure once I found it, I never left my swing. I did not have faith that there would really be a pot of gold and leprechaun at the end of the rainbow. The promise was only a fairytale. My efforts would leave me disappointed and empty-handed.
The Bible says, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2.17 NIV).
If we truly believed in God’s promises, our faith would get us out of our cozy swing set and into the wheat fields before us. If we never respond to God’s promises with our action, we demonstrate to Him and to the world that–although we can imagine it all–we really do not believe that God will do what He says He will do. We believe that His promise is only a fairytale.
But unlike the pot of gold and the leprechaun, God’s promises are true. He is the King of the Universe, and He will bring to fruition everything He says He will accomplish. God wants us to get up and respond to our God-given dreams because we believe they are real and He is more than capable of accomplishing His great plans for our life. Our faith will produce actions rooted in belief, and it will also create a waiting that’s anchored in hope.
What we will come to realize is that the end of our rainbow is much farther away then we could ever image, and the path to reaching our breakthrough is much harder to achieve than we could ever anticipate. But it will be the journey that shapes us into the image of Christ, so that when we do reach our pot of gold, our sole focus will be to be about our Father’s business (Luke 2.49).
So let us leave the safety of our swing set and take a risk in the fields of God’s promises, trusting that our efforts will not come back void and we will grasp onto the abundant life that God has planned for us (Isaiah 55.11 & John 10.10).
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1.20 NIV).
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