Young Elsie Hook stood at the rails of the listing Lusitania watching the water come closer. She prayed, “Please, God, save us.” Almost immediately, she saw two elderly women on deck crying behind her. She turned and comforted them. “Don’t worry, God will save you.” Apparently Elsie believed what she prayed enough to declare it and apply it to those around her.
That’s one of the evidences of real faith—not just a prayer of hope, but the assurance to declare the answer to others. Paul did something similar when he assured his shipmates—based on an angel’s word that he would appear before Caesar—that they would be spared (Acts 27:13-26). How do you know you believe when God has spoken to you? When you’re convinced enough to tell someone.
That doesn’t mean all matters of faith should be declared indiscriminately. But when you’re convinced in your heart that God has answered, there’s no need to be shy about the answer. Faith doesn’t hedge its bets. It knows, even before it manifests. Best of all, it receives what God has spoken.
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