The purpose of God in sending Jesus Christ is to help us to the promised land. In working toward possessing the promised land — which is a place of dominion, righteousness, prosperity, power, manifestation, etc — we need faith.
Faith is the element that places us in the position to receive and enables us to access the supernatural and the deep things of God.
Without faith, which is a substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen, there is no achievement.
Remember, the bible says in Hebrew 11:6 that without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he that must come to Him must believe that he is and the rewarded of them that diligently seek him.
So in coming to God, faith is the first step according to the Bible. All the people that have ever worked with God had faith in him, which propelled them to achieve all that God had destined for them.
Faith and the Farmer in Our Contemporary World
As I was thinking about faith in our present contemporary world, the easy thing that struck my mind was a scenario of a farmer. I see that farmers demonstrate the highest level of faith probably with or without the realization. A farmer first believes in the seed he wishes to plant, he believes that the seed has the ability to produce and multiply. All the farmers I know, they even see the seed producing much fruit in their mind even before ever planting the seed.
I remember when I used to go to farm with my father, I observed him that, when he get some of those seeds that he wants to plant, I will see him smile and say oh yes, this is a good seed. This seed produces much and you see him starting to appreciate the seed and approaching the seed as a much bearing seed. It was easy to observe from the way he handles the seed. In his heart, he had already seen the seed producing, even without knowing in reality how it will happen or turn out, not knowing if there will be other factors that will prove otherwise, factors such as pests, plant disease, rain, etc. I also observed that my dad’s crops grew well and produced as expected.
Now this is what I call faith.
This is the same with all farmers. They all have the same trait. For without such, there wouldn’t be a successful harvest.
A farmer, not only believes on the ability of the seed to produce, also believes on the soil. He believes that a particular soil will produce the desired results.
I never saw my dad running a scientific analysis of the soil to know that elements or minerals that were present in the soil. However, he believes that it will give the result and it does. In some case, I observed that even when the desirable was not available, he applied fertilizer to get the soil produce the expected results.
That is another type of faith.That is faith with work. After planting, a farmer also believes that even when the seed is dead in the ground, it will germinate and grow, not only growing, but will produce the expected result.
The bible says, “faith without work is dead” (James 2:26), and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work; it must produce; it must be visible. Verbal faith is not enough; mental faith is insufficient. Faith must be there, but it must be more. It must inspire action.
After considering the scenario of a farmer, I began to see life as a seed. Seeing life as a seed helps you to approach it as a farmer.
What do Farmers Have in Common?
From my little experience seeing my father plant seeds, I observed that he had faith. I more so observed that he had patience and was persistent. Without patience, we might not be able to demonstrate our faith. James said “…Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:3-4)
Some Bible Verses about Patience
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 | NIV
- Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Proverbs 14:29 | NIV
- Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 | NIV
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 | NIV
- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 | NIV
- Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32 | NIV
- Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7 | NIV
- May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. Romans 15:5 | NIV
Quotes on Patience
- “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” ~ John Quincy Adams
- “One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” ~ Chinese Proverb
- “Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.” ~ Joyce Meyer
“Patience is the key to paradise.” ~ Turkish Proverb
- “There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.” ~ Jean de la Bruyere
- “Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard
- “All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.” ~ Alexandre Dumas Père
- “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow
- “Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.” ~ Phillips Brooks
Faith and the Promised Land
When you understand the content of your promised land and see it with the eyes of faith, approach it with passion, looking unto God the author and the finisher of our faith. Nothing can stand in the way to your God given promises.
In conclusion, it is the will of God to give us the promised land, just as he has promised. For the children of Israel, the promised land to them was a place of abundance, a land flowing with milk and honey, a place where all their needs were met. However, they need faith to access it. Without faith, they couldn’t have moved into the unknown. Sometimes, we are very comfortable in our comfort zones, but for us to reach out to what God is intending for us, most times we need to leave our comfort zone and move into the unknown in faith, believing and trusting in the word of God, which says:
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. “Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. “Do not fear, for I am with you… (Isa. 43:1-5)
When I talk about the unknown — the promised land — it could be that challenge, maybe that idea that you have been praying about, it could be going into marriage, it could be a business, job, career etc. There is always a place that God has prepared for every one of us, a place of destiny and fulfillment, that is your promised land. Apply the faith of God today and every Goliath will be killed by the David anointing in you.