DayBreaks for 10/20/14 – Faith Walking #4 – The Critical Calculation
“It makes no sense. This just can’t work.” “It’s impossible.” “There is no way.”
Such statements can be heard in business meetings around the world every day. These sentiments are not limited to just the business world, but can be found in academia, in science, politics, even in homes.
I suppose that one of the things God gave us was good sense – or at least enough of it to not take exorbitant risks that might cost us life and limb. We do, for the most part, want to survive, avoid untenable risk and keep body and soul together (though I do wonder about some folks who are into really extreme sports, etc.).
But there comes a point and time, however, where we are called to cast caution to the wind. Those are the times when God has given us clear direction or promises – and then asks us to take some action prior to seeing His solution – even, and perhaps especially, when it makes no sense and seems impossible.
It is the capacity to trust God in spite of the severity and size of the obstacles that distinguishes faith from un-faith. Consider just a few cases in point: David faced a 9-foot tall obstacle. Elijah faced hundreds of prophets of Baal and an altar of extremely waterlogged wood. For three young Hebrew boys it was a furnace of fire. For the apostle Peter, it was the corpse of a dead girl.
Those obstacles are huge. Can you imagine how Peter felt when confronted with the dead body of the young girl? How much courage (or craziness, as some would say) does it take to go and stand at a bedside and tell her to “Rise”? Can you think of either a greater risk or greater obstacle than death itself? Yet, in each of those instances, the child of God chose to act in spite of the risks and the sheer lunacy of the situation. They walked in faith.
How large, really, are the obstacles that stand in your way of walking in faith? How large do the obstacles have to be before we throw up our hands and abandon all effort related to walking by faith? And one more question as we calculate the risk: is it really a risk when we have a promise of God and act upon it?
Luke 1:37 (NLT) – For nothing is impossible with God.
PRAYER: Father, I confess that it doesn’t take much of a threat or risk to get me to walk by sight and not by faith. With each passing day, help me to walk with greater courage and faith in You and Your promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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