I remember a movie from the 90s with a brilliant concept that I will share! When we’re children, our spiritual cup is very small, and it doesn’t take much to fill it and to help us feel closer to God. As Christians, when we get older and grow in our faith, that cup gets bigger. We need more of God in our life, more times of prayer, and greater actions of faith. We need more of Him, His word, and His life. And if we neglect that, we feel empty in a way that we wouldn’t when we were children.
A great example of this in the Bible is when the Hebrew people are brought out of Egypt and great oppression on their way to the Promised Land. They arrive at the Red Sea and God just parts it for them; and they walk through it with ease. It’s an amazing miracle. But the next time Joshua, God’s servant, is ready to lead them into the Promised Land, they reach the Jordan River. This time God doesn’t part it for them right away. He tells them to step in the water first, and as they step, it will part. They must believe in Him!
Friend, as they stepped into the water, that’s when it parts. God expected them to trust that He would do what He did before, but He required more faith from them. He stretched their faith, and I think God wants us to believe in Him and see Him answer our prayers. He expects more from us than hope. He desires our faith!