Nowadays, with the influx of self-help gurus and motivational speakers, it is quite difficult to distinguish an unyielding positive attitude from deep and genuine faith.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in the importance of both. But it is essential that we don’t mix up the two. Otherwise, the devil can make us believe that we have faith when all we’ve got really is just optimism. And when this happens, we might end up frustrated, hurt or even disappointed with God.
Allow me to try to distinguish the two…
Optimism is believing in what you can do while Faith is believing in what God can do for and through you;
Optimism is maintaining a positive attitude to attain success for yourself while Faith is maintaining a trusting attitude to attain success for God’s plans;
Optimism is boxing God according to your will while Faith is giving God the freedom to fulfill His will for your life;
Optimism is cornering God into your own plans while Faith is yielding to God’s perfect plans for your life;
Optimism is saying “God will grant the desires of my heart” while Faith is saying “God will grant the desires of my heart for as long as they are in line with the desires of His heart”;
Optimism says that “God will do this for me” while Faith says “God will do this for me for as long as it is good for me”;
Optimism relies primarily in what God will do while Faith relies primarily in who God is.
God answers our prayers not according to our deeds but according to our needs. Today, let us approach the Lord not only with optimism, but more importantly, in faith.
Optimism might take you to your heart’s desires. But faith will take you to the heart of God.