The whole point of our discussion this month in the “Chill” series is that you can trust God. There are certain things that you can just “chill” about, because God has them under control…you can have faith and know that they will be taken care of.
May I point out a little “glitch” in the whole faith thing? How about a tiny “problem” with trusting God?
Faith always appears “heroic” and “brave” when looked at in hindsight. Noah built a boat in his backyard to save his family even though it had never rained. David stood toe to toe with a Giant twice his size armed with only a shepherds slingshot and a few stones because he trusted God to make them victorious. Heroic women of our faith like the Widow in 1 Kings 17 gave her last meal to a traveling prophet trusting that God would take care of this single mother and her son even if they had no food. The List goes on and on. Heroic, Brave, acts of faith that inspire us…make us want to have more faith and “be part of a miracle”.
Here’s the “catch”…the “problem”…the “glitch”. Faith viewed in hindsight, faith that has proved to be “correct”, faith that has had a “happy ending”… looks heroic, brave, even wise. Faith in action often looks irresponsible, illogical, and ill-planned. It looks ridiculous to say that you are “trusting God” to provide for you as you look for new employment. It seems “crazy” and quite frankly irresponsible to quietly trust God for guidance instead of worrying and “planning”. Faith will annoy your spouse…cause your friends to think you have “lost it”…make your parents worry. Faith looks foolish!
So how can you “live by faith” in a world where trusting God looks “Illogical” or “Irresponsible”? I’m still working on that. Just thought I’d “throw it out there”… let you know what your “in for” if you decide to try it :-) Here’s two verses that make a lot of sense together for me.
6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10
Something to think about…