This can set up a hypocritical contrast between what we pretend to be on the outside and what we actually are on the inside. Likewise, we can, by the setting of our heart on what is good or true, sometimes display or pretend on the outside what we want ourselves to become on the inside. And if all goes well, we then eventually flower into this person that we are acting out. For example, we can desire to display courage or leadership, and by acting the role, doing things that are courageous and seeking roles where we lead and influence others, then we develop inside what we are trying to portray outside. Sometimes when we do this, we are acting in faith. God has told us to do something, but we know in our hearts that we don’t have what’s inside to be able to do this act (or at least we think we don’t – sometimes we don’t even know ourselves very well). But if God tells us to do something, the best thing to do is to obey, whether we understand or not, and whether we have within us the wherewithal to accomplish it or not. When God has told us to do something, He expects obedience, and He already has a plan for helping us to accomplish it, even if we cannot foresee His plan. When God tells us to step out in these acts of faith, He is getting us in the habit of being a useful servant to others, or He is trying to teach us something, or He is trying to build up our character in some way, maybe even to bless us with some experience that we would not otherwise have.
He is showing us that, yes, you can’t do it on your own, but with His Spirit inside you giving you power, He becomes the strength in your weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). He perfects your imperfection. In a word, He does the impossible, and He makes you into the improbable. This might sound crazy to the thinking of the world, but this is God’s way. He does not want the experts and the smart, capable, and powerful people who think they know it all, although He can use them, too, if they humble themselves, deflating their egos enough to give His Spirit room to operate within them. But God often seems to prefer working with those who really have nothing to offer, no special talents, no family connections, and no great education, fame, or wealth. All God needs is a humble heart that will yield to His Spirit consistently and who will humbly obey without questioning everything. Of course, there is nothing wrong with questioning God if our heart’s in the right place, and we are merely seeking to understand. But questioning God with an arrogant attitude is simply disrespect and comes out of the belief that we know better than God, which is utter foolishness.
We should always approach God humbly, and we should respond to His requests humbly. We are allowed to come boldly into the throne of Grace (Heb. 4:16). This is a tremendous privilege, but it is one which we should always treat with respect. God overlooks many of our errors, seeing us through the blood of our Savior, as the perfected beings that we will eventually become when He has completed His work in us and He places us into our glorified bodies. But He also sees us through the eyes of a loving Father, sometimes indulging our weaknesses, just as we would do with our children, knowing that we don’t know any better. May God bless you this day with His peace that passes all understanding, and may He bless you with an effective witness and power to serve those around you.