by: Kenny Roberts
The idea of having faith in God for the impossible has become too cliche in the Christian world. It is a doctrine that we have probably spent more time arguing about than believing in. It almost seems like we would rather try to define what the Scriptures mean when they say "nothing is impossible" than to actually place faith in God for the impossible.
Furthermore, we struggle believing God works in the everyday aspects of life. Never-mind the impossible, most of us have trouble believing that God's grace and power are enough to sustain and help us get through our busy schedules. Of course we would never say that, but that's how we live.
A thought struck me this weekend as Pastor Nic was talking about what happens when we have faith: when is the last time something occurred in my life simply because I had placed my faith in God for it?
Let that question sink in for a moment. If you're like me, it may be hard to remember the last time God moved in your life as a direct result of your faith. I am a problem solver by nature and because of that, my desire to control often leaves little to no room for absolute faith in God.
It's not that I don't believe God can do the impossible or intervene in my situations; it's that I find it easier to just do it myself (yes, I know how ridiculous and prideful that sounds). Then Nic hit us with a verse that caused me to probably not hear anything else he said because of the truth bomb of this verse: "Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith" (Matthew 13:58).
I got to thinking - how many spiritual blessings does my life lack simply because my faith is weak? Notice that I specifically said spiritual blessings. Let me ask it another way that is maybe more though provoking: How far am I away from God because of my lack of faith? How much closer could I be to Him if I would just have faith?
I firmly believe that we could 'get through' this life apart from faith in God, but I do not believe that we can experience the abundant life Jesus talked about apart from faith. I don't believe that we can experience true closeness with God apart from faith. The Bible is very clear in Hebrews 11:6 that apart from faith it is impossible to please Him.
So back to the question I posed earlier: when is the last time something occurred in my life simply because I had placed my faith in God for it? What area of your life have you been tirelessly striving for victory in? Is there a situation in your life that you feel overwhelmed and confused by? Are you facing a mountain of difficulty? Do you believe that God can do the impossible? How are you living in that faith?