Faith is a Tool. But You Need to Know the Other Side. – Part Two

Gary Keesee

Read Part One here.

Initially, after Drenda and I made the commitment to really learn how the Kingdom of God operated, I was still driving a very old, rusted-out, heap-of-a-mess van that would fill the whole road with white smoke when I started it up.

It was embarrassing.

I was so ashamed of that van that I would park it around the corner and walk to clients’ houses. But one night, this particular client followed me out the door.

No way was I starting the van in front of him.

I got in the van, but I wasn’t going to start it and have it sputter and kick out smoke in front of him. So, I just sat there with the window down, talking to him.

But he just kept standing there.

Awkward.

I knew I had to start the car. And, sure enough, like usual, the whole road filled with white smoke. Well, that client just so happened to be a part-time mechanic. He checked the engine and told me what was wrong with it. He said, “Just drive it home and get it fixed.”

Easy for him to say.

What that client didn’t know was that, before I met with him, I had received a call from an attorney who told me I had three days to get him $1,900 or he was filing a lawsuit against me.

Three days.

We had no money for groceries, let alone a lawsuit or a head gasket. We were broke.

So, there I was driving back to my office, and I was talking to the Lord. We had just made the commitment to really learn how the Kingdom of God operated, and I felt stuck. I said, “Lord, I can’t pay this van off. I can’t fix it. I don’t know. Maybe it would be better if it just burned up. I don’t know, Lord!”

Seconds later, I noticed a little bubble rising up on the hood of the car. Minutes later, the whole thing was on fire.

Yes, FIRE!

It only took a few minutes for the fire department to arrive, but it was too late.

The insurance company paid the van off, thankfully. We even had some extra money to pay for groceries and to pay the attorney.

I’ve shared that story many times to illustrate the Kingdom and the power of your words, but there’s an extra detail that I don’t always include: I just so happened to read over my insurance policy.

The insurance policy said we didn’t have to pay the $500 deductible if the damage to the vehicle was caused by fire.

Yep, you read that right.

So, what do you think I did? Do you think I just said, “Oh, well. The insurance company knows what they’re doing. I don’t need that $500.”

No. I took action. I let the insurance adjustor know what the policy said, and they ended up giving us back our deductible.

Getting my deductible back from the insurance company required more than faith. I had to do something; I had to take action.

In Matthew 17, Peter went to Jesus and told Him he needed to pay their taxes. Jesus didn’t tell Peter to “just have faith” to pay their taxes. No, Jesus gave Peter very specific instructions on how to get the money to pay their taxes. He had to go catch a fish and look in its mouth for the coin.

Getting the money to pay their taxes required more than faith. Peter had to do something. He had to act and act quickly.

See, God presents us with opportunities. That’s what He does. It’s our responsibility to have faith for those opportunities and to take advantage of them quickly when they come.

If you’re going to run your race with Him, you’re going to have to have faith, but you’re also going to have to be proactive and prepared and ready to do something.


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