DayBreaks for 10/04/13 – Jar Lids and Faith
Mark 11:22-23 (NLT) –Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
I would imagine that nearly every man has had this happen to them: their wife shows up with a jar in her hands and asks you to open it for her. Being the manly, macho guys that we imagine ourselves to be, we quickly grab the jar and say, “Sure, honey!” Then we start to turn the lid – but it won’t budge! We try to pretend that it is just because our hands are sweaty or the jar is wet, but with each failed attempt we grow a bit more concerned as we see our excuses running out. Ladies, please understand that this is a little embarrassing when asked by a woman to open a jar but he can’t do it.
What’s a guy to do? Well, to solve the immediate problem we can put the jar under some hot water and get the lid to expand, making it easier to open. But that doesn’t solve the long-term problem: our hands weren’t strong enough to do the job. We could get a tennis ball and start squeezing it every day to strength our hands in an attempt to not have it happen again – to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to open that silly jar. We do not want to have it happen again!
Here’s the analogy: God, at times, hands us situations that require strength – oftentimes strength that we don’t have. Why does God to that? Is it to cause us shame and embarrassment? I don’t think so. God isn’t the kind that goes around shaming people so He can chuckle about it. He wants us to have to exercise our faith muscles, to grow stronger in our faith and trust in Him. But here’s the kicker: you can’t get stronger in your faith if you only exercise it once a week or occasionally. You have to exercise it every day, many times a day, in order for it to grow robust and strong. As someone said: “Sometimes we say that we have faith in God. We say that we believe that He can do anything, but then we act as if everything depends on us. That isn’t a very strong faith, is it?“
Think about what Jesus told his disciples – that if they had as much faith as a tiny mustard seed, they could tell a tree or mountain to move from one place to another and the it would happen. That, my friends, is a strong faith! I wish I had as much faith as a mustard seed. Maybe if I keep (start?) exercising it each day, all day, my faith will grow stronger, maybe even strong enough to see the mountain start to tremble and shift on its foundations.
How strong is your faith? Does it need a little daily exercise?
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the simple things in life we take for granted, like the hands to hold and be held. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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