Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Concerning Faith...

Boy, when God decides to download, He really downloads! Yesterday morning during my reading and devotion time He was revealing to me regarding level of faith, and the action on His part that comes accordingly. Last night, He struck an entirely different and yet completely related chord concerning faith, and what the surrender involved really involves. {does that make any sense? I hope so!}

The Bible is filled with stories and testimony in regards to this subject. I'd like to focus on just a few. Because what I feel like God showed me, and very "loudly" reminded me of is this:

Truly walking in faith means surrendering not only the circumstance you're in...but the outcome as well. It's not just trusting God right now, it's trusting God then, too.

Abraham comes to mind when being challenged in the area of faith, and total surrender. In Genesis we are given the account of when God instructed him to prove his faithfulness to Him and take his only son, his beloved son, the promised son he had waited 100 years to have - and sacrifice him on an altar. Um, WOW. I can't even imagine. Whether or not Abraham had those thoughts we'll never know, but what we do know is that he obeyed, and took his son up the mountain, built the altar, reassuring his son, "God will provide the lamb," and was willing to obey to the point of ultimate sacrifice. He put his TOTAL trust in the Lord, even if that meant the outcome was the heartbreaking sacrifice of his son. {thankfully, it didn't!}

Hebrews 11 explains this act a bit. Verse 19 says in the NLT "Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again."

Abraham's faith wasn't in God to meet him in one circumstance or another, it was in God. Period, end of story, that's it. God had promised Abraham a nation through Isaac, and that settled it. He not only surrendered the now, he surrendered the future.

I think sometimes when praying, we can get to that point where we truly believe that God can bring us through something, but we often spend time scripting what that outcome looks like in our minds. Not because we're trying to pretend we're God, but because we're emotional, fleshly driven control freaks. {Or at least I am!} And this, my friends, is an incorrect way of thinking, and as a result,  of praying. 

This isn't a correction or criticism, but rather an exhortation and reminder to continue to press on and pray on, standing in faith when storms come, and remember that we're surrendering not just the storm, but the aftermath to God, trusting in Him to 'provide the lamb' when all else seems hopeless. Remember, when Jesus commanded Peter to walk on water, and Peter believed that through Him he could, he did. It was only when he quit trusting that he started to drown. Take the step of faith, even if you're only shown the next few feet ahead, and trust that God is there to meet you at the end, whatever that may be.

I'll be doing the same.
And until then, I'll be laughing.


1 comment:

  1. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.....
    All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.....Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, David and the prophets.......

    ***These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect."~plucked from Hebrews chapter 11