This is a great season – the days and weeks leading to Resurrection Sunday – to assess and take a pulse of how well our heart beats for God. As we contemplate all that Christ has accomplished for us by way of the cross and His resurrection, it’s a perfect opportunity to ask ourselves questions that go below the surface in our relationship with Him. For example, what keeps us from obeying God fully? What stands in the way of our turning that last trace of personal self-rule over to His authority? It can’t be that His best will for us is questionable. It can’t be that His willingness to forgive and restore us is lacking. Could it be that a small sliver in us believes His power is insufficient to meet our needs? Do we question His ability to intervene in our deepest troubles and our darkest hours?
We would never overtly question in our minds the power of God. We know better, right? We believe that He created this world and that He holds it in His hand. But how relevant is that power to us personally? Sometimes we wonder. When a situation is somewhat difficult, we feel that prayer may still have a chance. But if a situation is really bleak, we give up our faith that an answer will come. We easily allow the degree of difficulty to influence our perception of God’s ability to work.
“Was My arm too short to you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you?” (Isaiah 50:2)
Why? Why would the level of difficulty have anything to do with whether we believe God will answer? He has been clear throughout Scripture: There’s nothing too difficult for Him. We believe in the God who parts the seas, slays Goliaths, heals the blind and the lame, cleanses lepers, turns water into wine, and can’t be held in a tomb. For goodness sakes, He conquered death. So what is it about our situation that causes us to give up our hope?
If we’ve ever maintained hope when problems are solvable and then given up hope when they aren’t, we’ve forgotten the God of the impossible. Our situation doesn’t scare Him. He isn’t desperately trying to figure it out. Here’s the Truth: He takes great pleasure in bursting into an impossible situation with an answer no one had thought of. His greatest reluctance is the lack of faith on our part engaging Him from the middle of that situation. He looks for faith so that when He burst in, He will be recognized. It must be genuine faith, persistent faith, and bold faith. When such faith is absent from our lives after all He has accomplished for us, in us, through us, it is a head scratcher to Him, as portrayed in His question in Isaiah 50:2. What’s the remedy? Remember to remember. We must always and often remember what He has already done, and how He has come through in the past. And let us never forget that He Stands Ready To Save again, and again, and again. Agree? I’m cheering you on.
Have a confident weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who have place their complete hope in Him and, are waiting for Him to come through this time around because that’s who He is and has proven Himself faithful every other time before.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)