DayBreaks for 10/22/14 – Faith Walking #5 – The Great Illusion
I wrote a bit yesterday about risk. I don’t know anyone who enjoys failure, do you? I know people who learn from it and get better (I’ve even managed to do that a few times along the way!), but I don’t know anyone who either sets out to fail or who wants to fail. Risk scares us because with risk there is always the possibility of failure.
At least, that’s how we humans see things. I wonder if Moses, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Rahab, Deborah, Samson, Gideon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elisha, Elijah, Peter, Paul, Mary, David or any of the other great women or men of Scripture had second thoughts about how foolish they might look if they attempted something great for God…and failed. Things like commanding the lame to rise us and walk, casting demons out of a boy (remember – the disciples failed at this one!), knocking a giant down with one stone, interpreting dreams all have inherent risk built into them. Picture Jesus standing before the tomb of Lazarus and saying, “Lazarus! Come forth!”…and nothing happening. Jesus would have looked pretty bad, wouldn’t he? In fact, his ministry would have crashed and burned on the spot. The same could be said for all those I mentioned.
But here’s the rub: it comes down to knowing God’s will and to having faith – real, vibrant, deep faith! Jesus, of course, knew it wasn’t a risk because he operated totally and always in full harmony with God’s will, so it might be easy for us to dismiss his case as being unique. We lack that kind of certainty. He KNEW he was God and that all things were possible for Him!
We read it and have heard it over and over: With God nothing is impossible. We focus on that word, impossible, a lot because we think things are impossible. And if we’re just talking about mere humans, MANY things are impossible – in fact, most things, I suppose. But there are three key words at the start of that verse: With GOD…so we’re not talking about mere humans doing things in their own power, but about an omnipotent God who has zero limitations. And then perhaps the key word: nothing…no matter how impossible something looks or sounds to us, God laughs at it. He has never yet met any challenge that even begins to tax His infinite resources and power.
But the great illusion is that we think things are impossible. We even tend to believe it in our hearts. “God, I can’t heal someone.” “God, I can’t possibly do this.” To a degree those are true: WE can’t. But if we are acting in faith on one of His promises, how can we even think it could fail?
Look closely at these words from Jesus: John 14:12-14 (NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
And listen to that same verse from the Message: The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
So…is it an illusion that keeps us from faith walking? How much do you believe those words of Jesus? How much do you believe in Him?
PRAYER: My faith is so weak and frail, Lord! I see impossibilities and not possibilities. And I put the limits I see on You and I know that’s foolish and wrong, but I do it all the time. I believe, Lord, help my unbelief! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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