From the Wizard of Oz to Aladdin, there has always been a fascination with wishing. Birthdays candles, a stray eye lash, coins in a fountain, first and shooting stars, and the list of wishing traditions go on and on. Wishing is something borne deep into the human fabric. While it makes for entertaining stories and movies, wishing has to be one of the most fruitless acts that we encourage.
Whether you 2 or 102, there are only two reasons people wish:
- People wish for the things that are impossible. If you are 36 years old, and you are 5 foot 6 inches tall, it is impossible for you to wake up 6 foot 5. But many people who are short desire to be taller, and even vice versa. Some people wish they could go back in time, or travel to the see the future, but in all actuality, it’s never going to happen. So it’s fun to wish and imagine what life would be like if the impossible could happen.
- People wish for things they are afraid to make happen. This is the realm where most adult wishes lie. Many people wish for more money, bigger houses, nicer cars, finer clothes, or a better career, rather than rolling up their sleeves and working for it. Many people will even seek God, skirting their own responsibilities over their own lives, treating Him like a cosmic genie in a bottle. Like the lady in the Geico commercial, this is not how any of this works!
There is no such thing as magic. Yes, God can perform the impossible, but His divine work can never be manipulated by man. Wishing is fruitless! God wants you and I to participate in our destiny. He has given each of us a measure of faith (according Romans 12:3), for us to come in concert with Him to produce the life He has in mind. True faith doesn’t sit on the sidelines hoping for our destiny to fall in our laps. On the contrary, faith propels us into action.
James, the brother of Jesus, said unequivocally, ” … someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’ You believe (in God). You do well; (but) the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” (James 2:18-20; 26, New American Standard Bible)
In other words, don’t allow your faith in God to become a spiritualized wish. Do the work that God has given you the ability to do, and He will do the rest. You will never walk into the things that you or even God desires for your life, refusing to take a step. Be willing to participate in your blessing, cooperate with God, and watch it happen!
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“I Wish” was produced by Walter “Kandor” Kahn; co-produced, written, and performed by Skee-Lo. Released 1995.