Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fools Don't Rush In

A friend of mine used this illustration during our Vacation Bible School a few weeks ago.

While she was talking about something entirely different, she casually place a twenty dollar bill on the floor and said it was there for the taking, then she continued on with her message.  At first, no one moved, then finally one child ran up to the stage and retrieved the money.  When my friend asked why everyone hesitated to go after the money, several responded that they weren't sure if the money was really available for anyone to take and they were afraid of looking like a fool. 

I wonder, do we take this same approach with God?

Perhaps we don't rush to grab a hold of God's promises because we are afraid of looking like a fool if his promises aren't true.

But is this reasonable?

Do you believe the Bible is God's Word?
All Scripture is God-breathed.  2 Timothy 3:16

Do you believe that every word in the Bible is true?  
Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5

Do you believe that God cannot lie?   
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.  Hebrews 6:18a

Do you believe that His promises are for you?   
For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.  Acts 2:39

He'll finish the word He started in you
He will supply all your needs
He'll never leave you
He provides rest when you are weary
His strength is perfect in your weakness
He's coming back again

And that's a promise!

Many blessings,

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  1. This is a terrific illustration. Your friend has hit on a truth--no one wants to look like a fool--and the enemy offers it up as one more excuse not to follow Jesus. Great post. Think I will pass it on to my husband as an idea for his object lesson.
    Pam at

  2. Amen sister, His promises are as real now as they were thousands of years ago and they are for us to take. Great post :)

  3. So true. His promises are there and are real. So why do we not grab hold to them? Great encouragement!

  4. Beautiful post. I am reminded often of God's promises to us. It makes each passing day easier, each trial worth going through. Thank you for sharing!


  5. Hi Lisa - so so good. I love that illustration. The scriptures you used, awesome. How can we doubt? We should behave as we say we believe.
    Be a fool for God like David!
    God bless

  6. Amen! Thankful that He is faithful to keep His promises to us!

  7. I've seen a similar demonstration done before with the money -- such a poignant reminder of what He offers us. Praying that all would come and take what He wants to give them.

  8. Loved your thoughts today. I too believe that God is there for us; but we also need to reach out to him. We have beautiful promises in the Scriptures.
    Blessings to you!

  9. What a great lesson this gave to those children... I know more than a few adults who could benefit from it as well! :-) We all need to remember His promises, and look at them as money in the bank.

    Have a Blessed Day!