The balance between faith and works
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD” (New International Version 1984, Proverbs 21:31).
Wanting to be a good steward, I tend to plan and organize until I hit the wall of circumstances beyond my control.
With stars spinning around in my head, it takes a moment for the effects of my spiritual concussion to wear off. Then I can fully appreciate the truth of Proverb 21:31. Can there be a point of balance between faith and works just short of banging your head against the wall?
There is action and there is motivation. Discernment led by the Holy Spirit while meditating over the Word of God is the key to finding balance.
This truth from Proverbs is fresh because of several family challenges I am dealing with, but I am sharing it with you because there are several OJPM challenges we are in the midst of. Since we are a family of volunteers, donors and friend, these make it a family challenge too.
The initial title of this article was Pray! Pray! Pray! Maybe I should have left the title alone. However, I want to give you some specifics about the reason to pray and the subjects to pray about.
The reason to pray is to find that balance between action and motivation. Yes, there is a horse that needs fed, watered, groomed and saddled for the battle. But even as we mount that horse, we need to be fully aware that it will be the hand of God that gives us the victory over our temptations and our adversary.
The subjects to pray about cover every phase of our OJPM ministry. Volunteers. Chaplains. Donors. County facilities. I do not know that we have ever faced such an onslaught from devil as now. In the last month we have had serious issues with chaplains, a specific threat to close down one of our largest county facilities and the rumor of loss of one of our chief financial supporters.
There have been challenges in the past and there will be challenges in the future. As a part of our family you need to know the seriousness of these subjects. Ultimately, only God can change a heart, open a door of opportunity and move volunteers and donors to engage with our ministry.
Yet in His sovereignty, God has ordained for us to get on that horse and ride into battle. I am a big University of Oklahoma football fan, but I have to give it up to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They have a great slogan called Pistols Firing. It sums up their cowboy culture of Get ’R’ Done and to go out in a Blaze of Glory.
Those slogans are great challenges to action, but I think I will stay with the challenge that balances action and motivation.
Pray! Pray! Pray!
Unleashing the captives,