Imagine this, you’ve grown up close to your family your whole life. You’re about 43, and you still live decently close to your parents. In fact it may even be getting close to time where you have to start taking care of them. You’ve got a job and home, but no kids though, and you spend a lot of your free time doing activities through your church. It might even be better to picture yourself in the 1800s before the west was really habited.
One day you get a letter in the mail, it says “Go west! Once you start going west, I’ll show you where to go! On top of that, I will make the father of the future U.S.A. All that it is, will be yours!
What a bold offer. Would you take it? Or would you just throw it away, and keep living in your comfortable life? What if, instead of a letter, it was God telling you that?
Would you go?
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
You see that is the same thing God told Abram when Abram was 74 years old! He told Him to go! Don’t worry about where you go, I will show you and be with you! Then I will make you into a great nation!
So Abram trusted God, he left his life, and God fulfilled His promises!
Stepping outside of our comfort zone can often be to radical for us. We find ourselves saying “I trust God” or “In God we trust” but when the situation calls for it, do we really trust Him?
Another story that comes to mind is when Jesus was walking on water.
Matthew 14:29 – 31
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Jesus tells Peter to “come” and walk to him on water, so Peter does. But as soon as Peter saw the wind he began to doubt and in his doubt, He began to sink! Luckily Jesus still grabbed him and pulled him up despite his doubts.
The obstacles we face tell us “you can’t do it,” “this is to big for you.” Don’t believe it’s lies! God is bigger than that! He can do all things! When we forget that Jesus is on our side like Peter did, we will sink! So don’t doubt!
To put it another way, if you are building a church, a ministry, or maybe dealing with sin, temptation, money, etc, and we look at the obstacles that are attacking us and lose our faith, Jesus won’t hold us on top of the water anymore and we will sink! We have to trust Him for His power.
I want to challenge you today, to do that thing that scares you! Trust that God is behind you, and once you start, don’t get distracted by the obstacles! If you do, you will surely sink!
When we don’t have faith, we don’t give Jesus the opportunity to use His power!
Loss of faith = Reliance on our own power.
You may not be able to accomplish it, but God can!
- lead me where my trust is without borders (empoweredandequipped.wordpress.com)
- Doubt and Unbelief (onechosen.wordpress.com)
- Recipe for a Miracle! (sayhellohope.wordpress.com)
- In the Face of Fear (csahm.com)
- He Came in the Storm (believersbrain.com)
- Peter believed in Jesus, but the reality of the storm was too much for his faith. (twgdailydevotionals.wordpress.com)