Picture the word ‘faith’ in scripture. It’s strong. It’s durable. It’s unbreakable. It’s everlasting. It’s complete trust in the LORD.
But what’s it like to really stretch it? To believe in its steadfast nature? To know that no matter what, as long as you have it, you have it all?
God and His promises. They are everywhere in the Bible. And they are everywhere within you and I. God never planted one promise that faith could not grow into all that God planned it to be.
Now at times my faith has wavered, reducing me to believe in human strength. My own strength. And yes self-will is real. I can do most things with elbow grease and achieve a desired outcome. At least a certain amount of it, anyway. But as much as self-will is real, it’s not. We unrealistically trust in ourselves to put, place and perfect every piece of the puzzle to our lives.
Faith is, without a shadow of a doubt (pun intended), the complete opposite. Faith moves mountains. Faith stretches our growth, and strengthens the very fabric of it as well. Obstacles are still obstacles. Problems are still problems. And people are still people. But just like the scout Caleb said in the verse above, “We can certainly conquer it!”
And imagine if Caleb was only talking about the Israelites, the group itself–conquering the land of milk and honey. That battle would have been lost from the start. But he wasn’t, the ‘we’ Caleb was referring to was God, His promise…and the Israelites. The ultimate definition of teamwork.
Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you. (Numbers 14:42)
Effort without God’s promise to lead us is exhausting, maybe not early on, but self-will leaves God out. Whether our plans work or not. It never has the full measure of God’s commitment. All that He promised. Our highest and most recognized achievements remain dull in the eyes of God without the teamwork and power of the Holy Spirit.
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
So let’s go Christians! We don’t lose our drive in Christ, we just switch seats.
Are you willing to hand over the steering wheel today? Stretch your faith!
© Tahlitha Chadwick
Photo Credit: Anemone Jones
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